I started seeing the Christmas trees going up at the big box
hardware stores in August … AUGUST! Soon after, the displays of other Christmas
decorations went up. I had to walk through a Christmas wonderland to purchase
by birdseed and yard tools. I think that it was approximately one minute after
midnight on Halloween (or technically November 1) when I heard the first
Christmas song, and the holiday shopping ads began airing the following day.
Do not get me wrong … I love Christmas, but what is the
rush?!?! What about Veteran’s Day? What about Thanksgiving? Can we not
celebrate those important and special days first?
But it has occurred to me that we should rush toward
Christmas. Everyone is kinder and more friendly in the days leading up to
Christmas. Everyone is more generous during the Christmas season. I suppose
that there is no harm in ushering in that spirit as early as possible.
I have a friend and colleague that served a church in
Massachusetts that referred to itself as “The Christmas Church.” That church
family celebrated Christmas year-round!
In the Christian faith, we call ourselves “Easter People.”
We celebrate the promise of salvation and new life in the empty tomb and the
Risen Christ. Our old lives die in the waters of baptism and we rise to walk in
newness of life!
Could we possibly consider ourselves to be Christmas People
as well? Every day we celebrate God’s desire to break through the humdrum and
mundane of the world in spectacular fashion. Every day we celebrate God’s Love
Incarnate coming to earth that we might know and feel that perfect love. Every
day we hear angel songs proclaiming the Good News that our Savior has been
born. Every day we follow a divine light and kneel before the Son of God.
We joke about “C & E” Christians … those who attend
worship on Christmas and Easter. But we should all be Christmas and Easter
We experience the JOY of Christ’s birth and his
Our darkest days are broken by the HOPE of the promise of a
new day in the manger and in the empty tomb!
PEACE covers the earth and fills our hearts knowing that God
cares for us and provides for us every day of our lives.
And our desire to LOVE one another begins when we understand
how deeply and intimately God loves us first.
Let us live, love and serve like every day is Christmas Day!
May our ‘Hallelujahs’ open our hands and our hearts to God and to our
Rejoice! Jesus Christ is born
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