The world got it right. Macy’s got it right. Walmart got it right. Cracker Barrel got it right. Santa Claus in the middle of the mall got it right. And christians got it wrong.
Hold me back. Hold me back. OK! I can’t wait any longer! I have to talk about it! Here it comes! CHRISTMAS!
What?! I thought this girl was a christian? Walmart got Christmas right and christians got it wrong?!
It is the beginning of November, and already Christmas has begun to creep into retailing…weeks ago. The local attractions have pulled out their Christmas lights, rows of ornaments suck in shoppers, and you may already hear a carol at the mall. Christmas now lasts a full two months. It is the biggest party of the year.
(Disclaimer: I have only ever celebrated Christmas in the United States. BUT I have studied some of the Christmas traditions of other countries. I do know that this is a world wide celebration.)
Being a Mommy, I chat with other Mommy friends. Being a Christian, I chat with other Christians. And something has begun to surface and whisper in the ears of other Christians and parents during the holiday season. And it is this:
We only buy three gifts for each of our children for Christmas.
Santa Claus is bad.
I hate Christmas.
Christmas is stressful.
We do not buy any presents for Christmas anymore.
Christmas everywhere is annoying.
So on. So forth. Insert a lot more of the same here.
These things are whispered and shouted among christians. While pagans continue on celebrating Christmas. STOP! Wait a minute! What is Christmas about anyway? Christmas is the celebration of the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ!
IT SHOULD BE A BIG DEAL! IT SHOULD BE THE BIGGEST PARTY OF THE YEAR! IT SHOULD TAKE UP TWO MONTHS OF CELEBRATING! SANTA CLAUSES SHOULD BE INVENTED, AND SONGS SHOULD BE SUNG AND BLASTED IN THE MALL, THE ENTIRE WORLD SHOULD BE DECORATED IN RED AND GREEN, PRESENTS SHOULD BE BOUGHT! THIS BABY IS SPECIAL! HE SHOULD BE CELEBRATED! HIS PARTY SHOULD BE A HUGE DEAL!
Christians! Wake up! We are talking about the birth of our God here! We were all headed to Hell before the birth of Jesus! He saved us! How in the hell are we going to let nonbelievers outdo us in the partying of our Savior?!
No. No. No. I am not saying to max out credit cards and spend money you don’t have. I’m not saying that the birth of Jesus is what nonbelievers are celebrating at Christmas time. Here is what I am saying: CHRISTIANS (some, not all) GET OFF YOUR HIGH HORSE OF RULES AND HAVE A PARTY! THE BIGGEST PARTY OF THE YEAR!
It’s official, MERRY CHRISTMAS!