If you’re joining me today from the Blogs by Christian Women Christmas Blog Tour, then welcome! I’m so glad you stopped by! I hope this journey has been fun for you so far.
Yesterday’s post was pretty sweet (pun intended). But if you missed it, no worries, I’ve got you covered. You’re welcome.
On this beautiful Friday morning, I thought I’d shake things up a little bit by getting our focus back on track. Perhaps you find yourself stressing about Christmas shopping already. Perhaps you’re still in a food coma from Thanksgiving and haven’t even thought about shopping yet. Maybe you’ve been so focused on work, to-dos, cards, charity contributions, decorating, and party planning that you find yourself feeling exhausted and run down and it’s not even December 25th yet.
I know a family who shares in your pain.
They call themselves the Kranks.
Perhaps you’ve heard of them. I recently watched Christmas with the Kranks for the first time ever (which apparently is appalling because everyone knows it’s a Christmas classic!) just last weeek. Unfortunately, by watching this movie, I broke my self-imposed rule of not watching Christmas movies until after Thanksgiving. I caved. Maybe it was the cold weather or the lovely winter scents filling my home right now that got me in the mood for a Christmas classic.
But in watching it, I felt the twinge of truth in their comedic outlook on Christmas.
You see, the Kranks (spoiler alert) decided to skip out on Christmas and if you’ve seen it, then you know that their friends and neighbors don’t take the news very well, thus resulting in some hilarious antics.By the end, we see Mr. Krank (played by Tim Allen) have a renewed outlook on Christmas. Before, it was all about going through the motions. You have to decorate your house. You have to donate extra to charities. You have to put up a tree. You have to display Frosty! (FREE FROSTY!)
But after a series of unfortunate (yet funny) events, Mr. Krank starts to see that the Christmas season isn’t about going through the motions. What he witnessed through the traditions, was the love, selflessness, and servant-hood of his neighbors. It’s like suddenly all those things were worth doing because he finally felt the heart and meaning behind them. With this change of heart, it created in him a spirit of generosity and love.
And for some reason that really touched me. If you take a step back and look at all the activities we partake in each year at this time, it really is silly. We throw parties, we take the kids to see a jolly guy with a beard, we decorate our house with tinsel and garland, we put firs in our house and place wrapped boxes under them; these things are done year after year because, well that’s just what you do at Christmas time.
But why? Why do we do this?
If you’ve grown up in a Christian home or celebrate Christmas with the religious background in mind, then you know that the reason we do all these things is to celebrate the birth of our savior, Jesus Christ.
But I often wonder, why do other people do it? If not to celebrate the birth of Christ…what’s the point?
Most would argue that it’s to celebrate love, family, togetherness, and another year of life and health. All of which are wonderful and life-giving things. But how can you celebrate love without Love? How can you give gifts without acknowledging the Ultimate Gift-giver? How can you appreciate your family without understanding God’s design and purpose for family?
I think our cultured has popularized celebrating a secular Christmas because it makes people feel good, about themselves and about humanity as a whole. It unites people. It slows life down for a month or so (depending on when you turn on the Christmas music) and it reminds you of what’s important; love, friendship, and family.
People have a unified respect and appreciation for this season. Business close, workers start volunteering, bosses give pay raises; they all feel a heightened sense of love for humanity and desire to be kind and help others for one month out of the year. People generally know that this is good and it feels good to treat others in this way. It feels good to give and it feels good to love.
But here’s the thing: when people celebrate the Christmas season, what they may or may not realize is that they are actually partaking in something bigger than themselves. They are participating in God’s original design for humanity. This is how things were supposed to be and that’s why it feels so good!
We were made to love others; to put them before ourselves; to go out of our way to serve. We were made to give rather than receive, to help those less fortunate, and to thank God for our family and friends that we neglect to cherish year ’round.
This was and is God’s desire for us. This is how it’s supposed to be and that’s why it feels so good.
The reason Christmas time is so magical is because it’s a foretaste of our future home. Without God, Christmas has no meaning.
Without God, without Him sending His son to Earth as a baby and dying in our place 33 years later, there is no celebration.
Y’all, that’ll preach for days!
We celebrate Christmas because God had a plan of redemption from the very beginning, and that plan included sending his Son to Earth as a humble baby. May we never forget this.
I love celebrating this season as much as the next person. It’s so fun to attend ugly Christmas sweater parties, to sing along to the 24/7 Christmas radio station, and to cuddle up in a warm blanket with hot chocolate while watching a Christmas movie with family. This is one of my favorite times of the year.
But let’s not forget why this time of the year is so great and why we celebrate these things in the first place. Just like Mr. Krank, our celebrations and traditions are shallow if our focus is on the traditions themselves and not on the reason behind them. In fact, without God’s greatest gift to us, we would have no reason to celebrate.
Thank you God, for sending your son as a gift to us! Thank you that we have a reason to celebrate. Let us not get bogged down with our to-do lists or by trying to reach Christmas perfection. Help us to daily remember why we celebrate in the first place. We are thankful for you, we praise you, and we give you all glory during this season of Christmas. Amen.
Friends, I hope this message was encouraging to you. There’s way more posts coming as part of this Christmas Blog Tour, so be sure to check them out!
Love you guys,