Thursday, December 1, 2011

Christmas Musings

While walking along the aisles of colorful bulbs, trees and tinsel, my spirit sometimes grieves.   It happens at least once every Christmas.   I whisper, “I’m sorry, Lord,” as I search for the one little section among rows and rows of Santas and reindeer where I can find a Baby Jesus.    I know that Santa is not the problem…it’s the heart of greed during what should be a celebration of the birth of a savior, and that’s why my spirit grieves.   It is rather sad that so many of us feel we must “buy Christmas,” and too many of us go in debt to do it.   We forget that Christ already paid the price, and way too much money is spent on lavish gifts to satisfy the demand that the season has become.   I get caught up in it all, and I’m just as guilty.   I’ve set some limits this year, and I’m doing my best to abide within those limits.   It ain’t easy!

Santa & Baby Jesus

I really love Christmas…and I know that I can’t change the world, so I am sure to keep the true meaning close to my own heart.   Jesus really is the reason for the season.   You won’t normally find Santa decorations at my house, but I don’t preach “No Santa” to my little Angels.   I am most likely guilty of referencing Santa to them myself.   Is that hypocritical?    I remind them what Christmas really is; they know about the Baby Jesus…but sadly, they are much more excited about Santa.   I was just as excited when I was little; but with four older siblings, I never believed in Santa.   I knew to wait up, hiding behind the door of my bedroom, to sneak a peek when Mom brought the gifts out.   I don’t believe I ever made it, though.  I always fell asleep.

I love Christmas not only as a celebration for the birth of Jesus, but because I see more human kindness during this season.   Families make a bigger effort to spend time together.   People are a little more giving.   Children with sparkling eyes dance with glee, for no reason other than their own private joy that it’s Christmas!   I know Christmas is not a joyful time for everyone…for those of you who are missing someone special this year, my wish for you is peace this Season; real peace, from God Himself.

When I was a child, it took two lifetimes before Christmas would roll around again; these days, it takes two blinks and a nap, and here it is again.   December already!   Time for the hustle and bustle of the season…already I’ve been asked several times if I have all my shopping done.   I’ve hardly started!   There are very few things that I get in a rush about, shopping has never been one of them. 

I hope you, my friends, have a moment or two to stop and breathe in the delight of the season, and amidst the hubbub of shopping and preparations you find rest in the knowledge that a King loved you so much that He died to give you life.

9 comments:

  1. Thank you for reminding us in a beautiful way to remember the reason for the season. Santa bows to Jesus! sandie

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  2. beautiful post! i do have a few santa's around, but mostly, in the words of alex...."most of your stuff has to do with the Lord", when decorating the tree last weekend. :) that gave me an opportunity to remind them again the true meaning of Christmas!

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  3. When my sons were little, we never participated in the myth of Santa Claus. I told them that Santa was just fun, like Big Bird or Bugs Bunny. Not a real person.

    :) Thing is, at their age they weren't entirely sure that Big Bird and Bugs Bunny weren't real. :) I, of course, knew that.
    My youngest was sure of one thing, tho--which was that I was mistaken about Santa!

    I didn't care whether he believed in Santa or not, I only cared that when he found out the truth, he would know that I hadn't lied to him, hadn't encouraged him to believe in someone that didn't exist.

    I wanted him to believe me when I told him about Jesus. He did.


    Great post, Margaret.

    Deb

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  4. Hubby and me were just talking about this similar thing this past weekend. How did we let commercialism and Santa get into the true meaning of why we celebrate Christmas. The best gift is Jesus so why do we shop til we drop, stress and worry about money, stress and worry to get the right gift, etc. And even if we do bring Jesus out at the Christmas season with a nativity scene or manager, we tuck him back in the box afterwards. Its such a balancing act celebrating Christmas. I've fallen to commercialism so much in years past. We never really did the Santa thing with the kids, they got their picture taken with him yearly, mainly so I could "chart" how they grew from year to year, but that was about it.

    I know the older I get and the more I stop thinking about me, me, me, me, me, I find myself at Christmas wanting to reach out to the least, the lost, the last and "gift" them for then I truly feel I am gifted and showing that love of Jesus to others.

    Like I said, a balancing act indeed!

    betty

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  5. Lurve the picture... timeless! Enjoy these approaching days and stay in the moment. Lurve!

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  6. Love the message. I, as well, love the picture, but if I could make a change to the picture, I would make the nativity the large figures with a small santa kneeling toward the manger. Merry Christmas, Margaret. I sure do love you…and Gina and Cindy and Steve and Kenny, and of course my favorite Uncle Pat and my favorite Auntie Dot!

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  7. Would you be able to tell me any info about the picture you have featured here? I have a friend who is trying to purchase one and we can't find the artists information anywhere. Thank You, and Merry Christmas!

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    1. Hi Lauren...I found the photos on Photobucket. If you click on the pictures, as far as I know, it will take you to the Photobucket account I got it from. Maybe they can help you? Sorry!

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