The Season’s Upon Us


The Christmas Season is one that I may seem to frown on sometimes as I urge people not to get caught up in the season and forget the reason.

Actually, the Christmas Season can and should be a wonderful time.  I was struck the other day by just how many cherished memories that I and most everyone 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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6 Responses to The Season’s Upon Us

  1. William says:

    Wonderfully done Don. Among those idiots that makes it difficult because of their ignorance or just “gets in the way” of you trying to enjoy the moments. Trying to avoid a rant.

  2. Then there are the people who have no one to buy for. Well, they could buy for strangers. But in our culture, Christmas is family time. What happens when there is no more family? Oh, someone says, the church is your family, your neighborhood is your family, the people you work with is your family. But that’s different. What about people with no more blood family left? What then?

    They will get through it. Somehow they will. They will survive “the day” in their own way. Perhaps by going to a mall a watching other people with families. Perhaps by leaving the radio and TV off on “the day”. Perhaps by sitting quietly and looking through old family photos on “the day”. Perhaps reading the Bible alone and in the quiet of their loneliness, thanking God for sending Jesus on “the day”.

    • Don Merritt says:

      There is no doubt that the holiday season is sad and lonely affair for many, all the more so because of the expectations and pressures of our culture’s way of celebrating. A few years back, I spent some of the “big” holidays alone and in silence, and I enjoyed it very much, but then most people think I’m a bit odd 🙂

  3. Cate B says:

    God bess us, Everyone. 🙂

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