Tis the season to be jolly, and hey, as long as we're asking for toys I'll take one of these, do the come in orange? Christmas is nearly here, and everybody has their list of things that they hope to find under the tree this year, and there isn't a thing wrong with that, not a thing.
Christmas is a time of giving gifts to those you care about, and it isn't the size of the gift but the thought behind the gift that makes it special, that makes it memorable. Children's faces light up as they gather around the tree and lift and shake each present to try to figure out what might be inside, its wonderful its magical, heck I miss those times myself!
But we must be careful that we don't hang Jesus on our store bought tree or try to wrap Him up in one of our boxes with a big bow...no, we must distinguish between the holiday we celebrate and the birth of our Savior. Every year we hear more and more about how we can't say Merry Christmas, but I will, and how we can't call it a Christmas tree, but, isn't that what it is....and how horrible it is to take Christ out of Christmas...Just a little perspective beloved...I've been saying Merry Christmas all my life and nobody has asked me to stop. I'm not putting up my community tree of good cheer this weekend, I'm decorating my Christmas Tree. And if someone wants to take a few letters out of an English word...go ahead, I still use all of them when I write.
Why is the world so threatened by a word and a plant??? The light shined in the darkness, and the darkness comprehended it not...the world isn't afraid of the symbol, they just don't understand. The world may one day change my calendar and stop producing evergreen trees-doubtful-and remove a line from Websters-probably not-but the world can never take Christ out of my life, and I will celebrate His birth on Christmas day in front of my Christmas tree. God gave a gift to those He cares about, you and me, but if you only celebrate it one one day you've missed the point. Merry Christmas to all those who believe in what I believe, and happy holidays or seasons greetings, or whatever it is to all the rest, I hope you receive all you want but most of all I hope your receive what you need...