Tuesday, December 14, 2021

What Has Christmas Become?

As we hurry, hurry, hurry, I find myself asking, "What has Christmas become?" 

We hurry to get the cards out, some of them going to people we hardly know, but they sent us a card last year, so we'd better send them one. We hurry around, checking items off our lists (either physical or kept in our heads) and keeping track lest we spend a dollar more on the gift for A than on their sibling, B.  We hurry to get the gifts wrapped and delivered, already planning the menu for the Christmas dinner and wondering whether everyone will show up. What if there are more...or less? 

The churches do their part, of course, with Cantatas and Christmas music, but the spirit of the season often gives way to the secular once we leave their confines and step into the world once more. Someone (I don't remember who, or exactly the phrasing) suggested that we take a step back and reflect once more on the gift that came down to all mankind, a gift that keeps on giving if we'll only receive it. All the rest of the trappings pale in significance when we truly consider the ramifications of this gift. 

So Happy Birthday, Jesus! And Merry Christmas to you all. 

4 comments:

Patricia Bradley said...

Yes, Happy Birthday, Jesus! We had our Singing Christmas Tree last night and it was the best ever! (of course I say that every year. lol)
I'm still singing (in my head) I saw the Light!

Richard Mabry said...

That's the spirit, Patricia.

Priscilla Bettis said...

Happy birthday, Jesus!

Richard Mabry said...

...and a great 2022, Priscilla.