This is the Season

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I think that people might get the wrong idea about me when I talk about the Christmas Season; no, I don’t hate it!  Yes, it can get too commercial and too frantic.  Yes, it can be a distraction from more important things, but it can also be a great enhancement of both our faith and our relationships.

Actually, the Christmas season should be a wonderful time.  I was struck the other day by just how many cherished memories that I and so many others have that are triggered by this season.  You know what I mean, you’re dragging out the Christmas boxes and putting up the decorations and you come across some random object that reminds you of something that happened five years ago that was a great moment.  Or maybe you have family heirlooms in your decoration boxes and you take one of them out and it triggers a childhood memory… or maybe it was a song…

I’ve also noticed lately that when people are talking about their plans, their eyes seem to light up and their mood changes; they become very happy all of a sudden.

Come on, even old Scrooge came around eventually!

What a wonderful time this can be if we just don’t get so caught up in the busy and crazy aspect of it that it becomes nothing but work.  Be of good cheer, don’t worry about the “stuff” and enjoy friends and family.  Who can argue with that?

And, let’s not forget why we are doing all of this in the first place; to remember the birth of the baby in the manger who grew up to be the Savior of all Mankind.

Glad tidings indeed!

About Don Merritt

A long time teacher and writer, Don hopes to share his varied life's experiences in a different way with a Christian perspective.
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4 Responses to This is the Season

  1. dyfedwyn says:

    Indeed. Christmas is a time to chill and enjoy. Maybe if we were to organise our celebrations more simply we could do that.

  2. Yes to all of it! This season for me means refocusing and remembering. Instead of focusing on stuff (things that can be replaced), it’s good to think of and focus on what’s not replaceable – people, love and relationships and most of all remembering the greatest present to the mankind – Jesus Christ!

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