Christmas Highlights and Lowlights

cbrownChristmas has come and gone.

My favorite memory this year: our four year old daughter proclaiming every gift was her favorite, just what she wanted, and hugging us all before opening her gift-each and every gift.

My not so favorite memory: cleaning up doggie diarrhea for four days.  Not a pretty picture.

What were your wins and losses this year?


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How to put Christ back in Christmas

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Let’s put the “mass” back in Christmas

I’ve been bombarded lately with updates, bulletins, etc asking me to help put the “Christ” back in Christmas.  I’ve got some mixed feelings about all the hulabaloo.

For one it seems to be just one more thing lumped into the Christian “culture wars.”

On the other hand I am genuinely annoyed at times by Happy Hoidays, Holiday Cards, Holiday Trees, et al.  The thing I think it’s silly at best, and on some levels actually insulting to the other cultural holidays it is meant to appease.  Who every heard of a Jewish “Holiday Tree?”  It smacks of condescention.

I can’t help but wonder if we’re worried about the wrong thing though.  We’re all worried who teaches what holiday at school, what store has happy holiday banners.  We want to write letters, sign petitions, and join groups but don’t we just let ourselves get sucked into the same junk?

Christmas is about God stepping in and setting things right-all of the injustice, evil, oppression, and sin was put into it’s place by God’s entering into a relationship with humanity.  Are we representing that reality at Christmas?  Or are we just another follower of the culture, traditions, and consumerism?

It’s easy to get mad at a “Happy Holiday” banner.  It’s hard to look at your fellow man in a new light.  It’s not easy to be the hands of Christ in a fallen world.  We may feel like we’re recognizing the holiday by reading a Christmas story, going to a special Christmas service, listening to Mary Did You Know and getting choked up . . . but how are we living it all out?

I’m just as guilty of course.  How can we break free from the pattern?  What do you think would set us in a different direction?

Matthew Journey Chapter 1:1-18

Every Saturday I will be going on a journey through Matthew, bit by bit. Conveniently, it begins with the Christmas story.

Matthew 1:1-18

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Christmas Music

Ok, I’ll admit it. I’m not the biggest fan of Christmas music. I dunno, for the most part, it just doesn’t work for me. I guess I don’t mind the classics tunes like “Jingle Bells,” “Deck the Halls,”etc. But any new Christmas music always comes across as a little to sappy for the most part . . . for me. And re-do’s of old classics just don’t add much to what made them classic in the first place.

Hopefully that doesn’t make me a scrooge or grinch or anything.Charlie Brown

I will tell you my favorite Christmas song. It’s nice and simple. “Christmas-time is Here” by Vince Guaraldi. You know, it’s that song in the Charlie Brown Christmas Special. There are words, but you almost always hear it as just music, especially on piano. You can’t go wrong.

Right now at work it’s all Christmas music all the time. Thank goodness for internet radio.

If you too are surrounded by Christmas music and need to escape, you can try or YRock for a momentary diversion. Merry Christmas . . .