The “Most Busiest” Time of the Year
There are many obvious things to write about at Christmas – so I thought I would be obvious. There is an old adage (actually a really, really old adage) from Solomon’s time and it says: “Nothing is new under the sun.” Well I’m about to celebrate my sixty-forth Christmas. Pretty amazing, but I am celebrating my 40th Christmas as a born again believer. By the way, Christmas is still on the 25th after all these years. I actually had someone ask me what night our Christmas Eve service was on. Nothing’s changed.
Man, have we made Christmas complicated. (Sorry. To be politically correct I should say “person”). Drawing names out of a hat. Putting a maximum on how much we can spend. Whose family are we going to be with this year? Whose turn to cook the turkey? What color of Christmas lights on the house, the tree…who’s going to do the high ones? (I must confess that I have a height phobia; so thankful for sons and son-in-laws). Hundreds of singing Christmas trees begging us to join them for their church Christmas Celebration. Staff parties, open houses – oh, don’t forget you only have 19 shopping days left. And oh, by the way, did you get a new Christmas outfit for the Christmas picture? I’m not sure why I get my picture taken every year. Tomana says I still look the same as when we got married. Do you think I should believe her? Did you get your Christmas cards mailed yet? I haven’t.
Sandi Patti sings (1987) “And the gift goes on.” We say “the bills keep on.” Michael Bublé sings “It’s the most wonderful time of the year.” We say “It’s the most busiest (excuse the double superlative) time of the year.” Most of us need a holiday to recover from our holiday. Maybe the carol is really meant to be sung after Christmas: “God rest ye merry gentlemen” – oops, gentlepeople”. Much said in jest.
Why am I ranting and raving, making Christmas such a big thing? Going on like Scrooge himself. Because it is a BIG thing. (I really do like Christmas and I’m not a Scrooge). Christmas is a big event. Amidst the hustle and the bustle of our lives, let’s not forget the real reason we celebrate and take time to embrace the greatest gift of all. As the world around us is in a flurry (not at McDonald’s) trying to create the perfect Christmas – we already have the perfect Christmas. We have the Christ Child. The gift of God – His Son.
You can watch Christmas disappear in front of your eyes, in a heap of shredded wrapping paper, and find yourself saying, “I was so busy shopping, so busy attending this, going to that, that I think I actually missed the point of Christmas.”
It might be surprising to know that the majority of people missed the very first Christmas as well. People just carried on with business as usual, paying no attention to what was happening just a few feet away.
Christmas is a fantastic time of year. It is probably the only season of the year that every person is actually thinking about giving something, somehow to someone, somewhere. Christmas is the season to give. Let’s not be like Canadian Tire, who’s motto urges us to “give like Santa but save like Scrooge”! The world says: “Give – but not if it costs too much. Give – only if you get a good deal.” God didn’t count the cost and we got the best deal, the greatest gift ever given. Let’s give like God and see souls saved through the gift of Jesus’ love that we can freely give from our own hearts.
“Give away your life; you will find life given back, but not merely given back – given back with a bonus and blessing.” (Luke 6:38)