Once again the beloved Christian celebration of Christmas is here. I enjoy the entirety of it. Like someone said recently, pitch the hype and embrace the fun.
No one slams the commercialism of Easter or Passover or other holidays as much as Christmas. It gets unfair criticism. There will always be those who cash in on culture to gain bucks. The money god drives that. He is ever on the lookout for ways to pad his pockets. But most people do not buy things because of cool marketing. I prefer to think they simply want to bless others with their gifts whether they do it for the same reason the wise men did or not.
Christmas is what you make of it, in my opinion. The church advises us to keep it meaningful or simple and that is good advice. But if you are serious about your beliefs, you would do this anyway, wouldn’t you?
I like the words to a new song I just heard on the radio called Love is Christmas by Sara Bareilles. While she does not quite get the point of Christmas, at least she understands that the more important factor is love. Here are a few lines from her song excerpted (thus not rhymed):
I don’t care if the gifts are wrapped, or there’s nothing here to open.
I don’t care if it’s gonna rain, our little room is warm and stable.
Love is who we are, and no season can contain it.
Love would never fall for that.
We sing, “ooooooooooo…” Let love lead us, love is Christmas.
So this is Sara’s Song. Mary’s song records in Luke 1:46 and forward. What is yours? Why not write a song to God in your own words; no rhyme is needed. Or talk to Him over a cup of tea or coffee about your appreciation of His saviourship for you.
Jesus had to have been born after midnight for the angels told the shepherds, “Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; He is Christ the Lord.” The shepherds made a beeline to the manger’s side, and right afterwards, they spread the word throughout the streets. I love that.
This is Christmas. Such happy news for us: a savior born! We get forgiveness and we get Love, straight from God’s heart to ours. Joy unspeakable! Peace among men, goodwill on earth. May it be so. Even so, come Lord Jesus.
Merry Christmas all!