Thursday, November 8, 2007

Holidays?

I was working one of my three jobs last night as several coworkers came in to set up all the Christmas merchandise and decorations. It's November 8!! It was just Halloween! Wow, Christmas comes earlier every year. One customer said to me last night "I like Christmas, but I don't like the holiday season."

There is some truth in that. I like Christmas, it's my favorite holiday. And I like that the Christmas season lasts over a month. I like decorating, making Christmas cookies, spending time with family, sending Christmas cards, etc.

What I don't like is what the world does to the holiday season. They make Christmas stressful, materialistic, and selfish. There's Santas and reindeers and snowflakes, and it's increasingly difficult to find the Christian symbols. The ads and malls and everywhere you go tell you to buy more, spend more, get the best and most expensive gifts, or else it just won't be a good Christmas for you or your family. Well, I still think I would have a really good Christmas, even if I didn't go shopping at all the entire month or if I didn't get any gifts.

The reason for Christmas is about Jesus Christ, to celebrate and remember his birth. He was born into this world as a human, born in a barn, because there wasn't room for him or his family in the town or inns. Now, the world still doesn't seem to want to make much room for him or his family, do they?

1 comment:

The Ray Family said...

Great post! I couldn't agree more. While the holidays are full of joy and reflection about the Gift/ gifts we have all been given in our lives, the season is always tempered with a little sadness for me because of peoples' shallow pursuits. I don't want to live and be like that.

P.S. POST MORE OFTEN, SILLY!