Random Christmas Thoughts

I have a confession to make.  I don’t like Christmas very much.  I’ve never been one to put up tons of decorations or to listen to Christmas music for the whole month of December.  I do try to be a little Christmassy (is that a word?) for the kids, but I think even they know I’m not always into it.

I’ve been analyzing why I don’t particularly care for all the Christmas trappings for the past few years.  Here’s what I’ve come up with so far:

1.  Christmas is NOT Jesus’s birthday.  Let’s have a little history lesson.  Jesus (according to historical documents about when the Roman census took place) was probably born in the spring.  Christians adopted pagan winter holidays and decided to celebrate Christ’s birth during that time of year, so that they could have a holiday that wasn’t pagan.  In fact, no where in the Bible are we even told to celebrate the birth of Christ.  Although Christ Himself tells us to remember His death.  (Luke 22:17-19)
2.  Christmas in our culture no longer means sweet family traditions and a happy celebration in the cold of winter.  It has become a beacon of materialism.  Stores put out decorations and sell gifts beginning in October now.  No matter what cliches we might say-  “It’s the thought that counts.”- based on time and money spent, we can tell it really is about what you get (or how much you give).
3.  The things that are good about Christmas, we seem to relegate to the month of December and forget about for the rest of the year.  It is great to focus on Jesus- not necessarily his birth -but the God’s promises and provisions all through history.  But, why we do we only do it in December?  Why can’t we remember the symbolism of the Advent wreath all year?  Giving to charities and those is need is wonderful, but I am sure they still need things in June, not just December.  Spending time with family and friends and developing relationships should be a priority ALL year, not for one month.  Passing on to our children our faith through traditions and teachings should be done all the time, not only on Christmas.

So, where does all this pondering leave me?  I’m not sure.  I am in a family and in a church and in a community that has a different view of things than I do.  Quitting Christmas may not be the most realistic option considering those around us.  So, how do I reconcile what I’m thinking with what we actually do?  I’m still finding out.  I’m still testing the waters.  Our celebration of Christmas changes and evolves from year to year around our house.

Stay tuned for my next post relating some of the Christmas traditions we do keep and why.

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