“Whatever do they want to bring that into Christmas for?”, remarked the young man on hearing a Christmas broadcast concerning the birth of Christ.
As unbelievable as it sounds, it shows how far removed the real meaning of Christmas had become in the minds of many people.
Christmas conjured up thoughts of trees, decorations, presents, food, cards and many more.
Instead of being joyful and looking forward to it, many people, especially parents, get stressed, worried and cannot wait for it to be over.
Is this what Christmas should be like and is really all about?
Should it really result in a bank overdraft or large credit card bill?
It is so easy to get caught up in the Christmas frenzy, to eat and drink too much or to spend too much. The consequences are weeks or even months of anxiety over unpaid bills.
The season is, or should be, the annual celebration of the birth of Christ – a time to rejoice because Jesus the saviour was born.
If we appreciate this then it will not be stressful, but a time of joy even as the angel declared to the shepherds on the evening of that wonderful birthday.
“I bring you tidings of great joy which shall be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a saviour who is Christ the Lord.” Luke 2: 10,11
It is great and fitting that we all enjoy a time of celebration, but remember that the festivities are for a birthday, the gifts received a reminder of those brought to the new-born king.
Lasting joy and peace in the heart is only truly found in worshipping Jesus, the king of kings.
Born for us in such a lowly-fashion, born to die upon the cross for our sins and raised from the dead to return in glory.
I trust that this time has been wonderful for you and that you will enjoy the coming new year.