As much as I am enjoying the autumn colors as we are travelling, through the mountains, and near the ocean, I can't help but be reminded that winter will soon be here. Our decorations will change from pumpkins, colored leaves, and harvest grains to red cranberries, evergreen trees, and a jolly guy who goes by the name of Santa, when he works at the Mall.
The month of December is probably the busiest month of the year, if you have family and business commitments. School concerts, office parties, travel, and shopping are all wonderful activities, but if we stop to think about it, what does any of that have anything to do with Christmas? Are we thinking that anyone who doesn't have family or a job can't celebrate Christmas? Or course not! They are the ones who have the most time to contemplate the many stories heard as a child in Sunday School. Stories of the celebration of the birth of our Saviour Jesus; angels singing songs, stars sparkling in the sky, shepherds tending sheep... that was what made Christmas special!
Now, we allow stacks of gifts and piles of food to dominate our thinking. We shop for stuff... some silly items for fun, some expensive ones to impress, and some items we buy just because we are expected to give SOMETHING. And then there is the food! Piles of it! More than we need! Scales deliver the sad news weeks later that we have outgrown our favorite set of clothes, suggesting the need for a strict diet.
It seems to me that we've forgotten the true meaning of "The Story"!
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