The More I Know Christ, The Less I Like Christmas

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When I was a kid, Christmas was all about the tinselly tree and the gifts there-under, piled high, tossed asunder, wrapped and topped with glitter.

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We had nary a kneeling wise man, a statuesquely stoic Mary, a ceramic shepherd boy, or a breakable babe in a manger.

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Advent was a word I never heard.

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Television shows rocked merry with ho-ho-ho’s, Rudolph’s reindeer nose, and Frosty’s melting woes.

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Come Christmas Eve, we set aside cookies and milk for Santa, went to bed early, but didn’t go to sleep. Underneath the bedroom door we tried to peek – Come on, just one look at black boots and maybe some endearing elf feet! Just a glimpse of something magical, please, oh please.

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In less than three weeks I’ll be coming ‘round the snowy, sleigh bell-clanking mountain to my tenth Christmas since I met The reason behind the season. And each year since then, I’ve been convicted, and I admit, driven to a negligently disdained distraction about decking the halls and fulfilling all the other Christmastime hoopla traditions.

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Therefore and henceforth and furthermore and from this point forward, I’d like to issue a formal Christmas retraction. A subtraction. An extraction. An extrapolation. Or maybe just a simple notice.

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I’m not in it for mainstream Christmas mania. Nor am I in it for gifts. I’m in it for love.

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A perfect babe grown into a perfect Man who was sacrificed for imperfect me and all the yucky junk in my trunk – – that love. That love that died for me. When I look into the ceramic, moss-covered crèche scene that gathers dust year –round in our living room, I don’t see a mother’s delight born anew in a manger; I see a Father’s sacrificial gift.

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For me.

For you.

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Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us,

that we should be called children of God!

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  • If we keep up with the world in gift-buying and giving and receiving, are we of the world?
  • If we don’t, have we removed ourselves too much to be salt?
  • If a five-year old tells non-believing grandma and grandpa that “Santa is just a fake fat man in a red suit,” are his parents guilty of ruining the joy of Christmas for the entire family?
  • If we love the Lord, why do we make an institution out of yearly lies and deceit?
  • If we take a traditional Christmas tree and turn it into an Advent activity, have we effectively meshed paganism with HisStory?
  • If we don’t, have we failed to shine a light into the dark?

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Therefore the world does not know us,

because it did not know Him.

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1john31

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Someone: “Whaddaya want for Christmas?”

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Me: “I don’t want anything. I’ve already been given that which I didn’t know I needed by SomeOne who has always loved me beyond my wildest dreams. For me, Christmas isn’t about what the world makes it, it’s about the answer to our deepest cry, “Love Us, God!” 

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So, whatcha’ gonna say when someone asks you the same question?

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* scripture: 1John3:1 (NKJV)

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4 thoughts on “The More I Know Christ, The Less I Like Christmas”

  1. I agree. I putz a bit when it involved my g-kids or others who don’t understand. But few gifts. I have a tree every year, b/c I like lights. I have several nativity sets, some large, some tiny. Because of what I know about the pagan historical portion that was drawn into Christmas [trees, mistletoe, the date, and nearly everything else] I am tempted to drop it all. BUT I can’t drop the trees. [The same thing surrounds our “Easter” time … I call it Resurrection Sunday, instead, b/c Easter was named after a goddess. Then, of course, the new stretch that includes gifts, bunnies, chicks, eggs, etc., b/c that too is connected to goddesses and gods.] I know the reason it was turned that way was to bring more people to the Lord and bury the influence of the gods in the pagans, BUT it’s hard for me to ignore it all.

    NOW, the fact that I, for 53 years, have told the “Grinch” story… in churches, schools, nursing homes, parties, and on and on … is OK, b/c it deals with the reality of God’s heart. I also [for 35 years] do with it one that’s called “The Inkeeper’s Daughter”. It’s a good story re: the love of the Lord breaking through a heavy hearted kid [which was me]. I usually do them both when possible… with school laws changing, it’s been nearly impossible to do the “Daughter” at a public school.

    Anyhow, this is what I go through every Christmas now. Same as you. Trying to focus only on the Lord, NOT on all the other side-stuff.

    Sorry it’s too long. Probably should just have msgd you on fb, but you got me started and I kept going. Now I’m done.

    Blessings….

  2. This morning I began reading John Piper’s “Good News of Great Joy” Advent devotional. (Free at http://www.desiringgod.org/resource-library/books/good-news-of-great-joy). The focus is on “What does Jesus want for Christmas?” A good question to ask, I think. After all, we are celebrating His birth and His coming. So, why does so much of the celebrating focus on us and not the Star of the show? Thank you for your post – you asked some great questions!
    Love and blessings to you!

  3. jodyo70 says:

    Darlene–my favorite part was your response to the imagined question, ‘Whaddya want for Christmas?’ ‘Nothing, because I ‘ve already been given that which I didn’t know I needed….’

    well put friend. You’re making me think twice about all this!

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