Topic #8 – "The Christmas Season"

Posted: December 17, 2007 in holidays

Disclaimer…my opinions in this post have nothing to do with the fact that Christmas truly exists to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, of which I am extremely grateful. It deals with Christmas as a “holiday season”, celebrated by the masses, many of whom may not have a speck of faith in Christ, but enjoy the holiday nonetheless.

With that in mind, here are the things that I truly ENJOY about “The Christmas Season”:

  1. The weather. For some reason, in the last 3-4 years, I’ve grown from hating cold weather to actually really really enjoying it. Weird.
  2. Days off. If you include Thanksgiving and New Year’s as a part of the entire season, you normally get to enjoy quite a few days off from work. Nice.
  3. Rudolph, Charlie Brown Christmas, Frosty the Snowman, and any other classic Christmas cartoons.
  4. Christmas services at church. No matter what denomination you are, what church you attend, or what type of services they do, you know at Christmas time you’ll be talking about Jesus and singing familiar Christmas worship songs.
  5. Eli’s anticipation of Santa Clause. How fun is it to be young enough to still believe in Santa? I love hearing him talk about Santa, what Santa’s going to bring, seeing Santa at every mall, etc.
  6. Christmas lights. I’ve always enjoyed driving through neighborhoods looking at the wide variety of decorations, lights, yard displays, and more.

Here are the things I truly DO NOT LIKE about “The Christmas Season”:

  1. Gift buying. I know this sounds harsh. But I’m really tired of buying gifts, getting gifts, expecting to buy gifts for people I don’t think I should be buying them for, getting pressured to participate in gift exchanges at work. I think Christmas would be so much nicer if it were more like Thanksgiving…just a time to relax, eat good meals, be with family and friends, and remember Jesus.
  2. Sale prices. Some people see the $20.00 pair of shoes that are normally $60.00 and think it’s awesome. I see it and often think, “man, they are really ripping people off throughout the rest of the year when they sell those for $60.00.” Really, when you see how low stores will mark things down, it almost makes you wonder why we would buy anything the rest of the year?
  3. Political correctness. Happy holidays. Enjoy the season. We wish you a happy holiday season. Crap, crap, crap. It’s especially disheartening when 90% of the “Christmas” cards don’t really say anything about Christmas or Jesus. Which leads me to…
  4. Christmas cards. This has been a pet peeve of mine for a looong time. I truly do not like to receive Christmas cards that simply say, “from the ____ family”. If you can’t take time to write a personal note, include a family picture, or put together a more creative card, please don’t send out Christmas cards. Just my opinion. =)
  5. Christmas falling on the 25th. The 25th is the day we celebrate Christ’s birth. But any research will tell you that Jesus probably wasn’t actually born on December 25th. I wish Christmas would always be on a Friday or Monday. That way – like Thanksgiving – you could always have a long weekend off of work and really fully enjoy the holiday. Doesn’t it stink when Christmas falls on a Wednesday or a Saturday, and you end up not getting any extra days off?
  6. Increased stress. Isn’t this the opposite effect Christmas should have on us? Shouldn’t we be happier, more reflective, and slow down? Instead we have 7 different gatherings to go to, 20 gifts to buy, increased traffic everywhere we go, and a personal budget crisis. It’s just not right.

Well, those are my thoughts. I’d love to hear yours. And I want to wish everyone a very happy and joyful holiday season and may you and family enjoy each other’s love and company as you rip off the wrapping paper and think about which things you’re going to keep and which you’re going to take back for exchange. No really…Merry Christmas. And thank you God for sending Jesus.

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