Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Do you know, right now, I am actually sitting in my home with Christmas lights lit up around my window, staring outside waiting for it to snow?
Yes, I am one of those. I have a hot cup of coffee, a couple of pieces of toast, and I want snow! Christmas means two things to me: Christ and snow.
Now, I know, I KNOW, there probably was no snow in Bethlehem the night Jesus was born. I get that. But you can bet that there was snow for almost every single Christmas since I have been born. And since I take this relationship that Jesus and I have very, VERY personally, I think He is in on that whole "Let It Snow" wonderfulness of Christmas.
Back to the point of this rather random blog entry - anticipation.
So much of this season is filled with anticipation. Mostly, you can see the anticipation for the gifts that are under the tree, or hiding in the closet, in most kids' faces. They cannot wait to rip into the gifts and immediately text their BFF's about all the choice product they received. It's a tradition (well, maybe not the texting, but I'm sure that is slowly becoming a part of our traditions).
There is anticipation among the cooks of the household about picking out the perfect meal and baking the best treats to stuff our bellies with. There is anticipation among scholars and students alike as they eagerly hand in the last assignment and check-out for the winter break.
There is anticipation in the chance to see loved ones again (or maybe that is anxiety, your choice).
For me though, my greatest anticipation is the chance to say, "Merry Christmas" to someone on Christmas Day. Now, this is not some political blog post on the horribleness of losing the word "Christmas" to the PC crowd. I honestly could care less. I will say, "Merry Christmas," because I celebrate Christmas and that's that. That's Freedom of Speech 101.
Here's why I get so excited to say, "Merry Christmas." Because I LOVE to CELEBRATE the birth of my Savior. What a fantastic time of year! Forget the presents, forget the food, forget the relatives, forget all the weird traditions that have attached themselves to this time of year, and remember that we say, "Merry Christmas!" We celebrate the amazing, wonderfulness of our Savior being born. Such a time as this, God prepared beforehand, that we might come to know who our Savior is!
And that is the wonderful thing about Christmas. With every cheerful exclamation of "Merry Christmas!" - you, dear Christian, are given the opportunity to tell someone about your Savior. What a fantastically, simple way to evangelize! Merry Christmas! Merry Christmas! God came to earth, to save sinners - Joy CAME to the World!
It is so easy to get bogged down in the traditions of the season, to the shopping, to the gifting, to the traveling, to the weirdness of "Happy Holidays," but I want to urge you to celebrate Christmas this year. Celebrate it for the right reason, that our Savior is born, and happily, cheerfully, exclaim "Merry Christmas" to all!
Oh, and if you love me, you can say, "Let it snow!" too.