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Wednesday, December 4, 2013
"The Merry Side of Christmas"
"And the angel said unto them, Fear not:for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people." Luke 2:10
I came across this little article some time ago, and it struck a cord with me. There are many things wrong with the way Christmas is celebrated, and for sure the world has it all wrong, but I think it a greater tragedy for Christians to lose their sense of perspective as to why this day is celebrated in the first place. I share this with you, in hopes that this may chase away some of the frustrations, and help bring back a little jingle belling, and mistletoeing!
In Support of a Sentimental Christmas -- Getting Rid of the Bah Humbugs
Many years ago the Puritans thought that people were ruining Christmas with all their pagan rituals. They especially objected to the fact that the holiday usually came on a weekday, therefore distracting people, they thought, from the Lord's Day of Sunday. But they did more than annually complain about it as we do. They took action and got rid of Christmas altogether. In Puritan settlements across 17th century America, a law was passed outlawing the celebration of Christmas. The marketplace was ordered to stay open for business as though it were no special occasion and all violators were prosecuted. It was against the law to make plum pudding on December 25th. The celebration was not referred to as Yuletide but as “fooltide.”
So we want to reform Christmas and clean it up, do we? Well, is this how far we want to go? Do we really want to be rid of it altogether? Then will Christmas, as the Puritans thought, be saved from us and our sinful ways? So what if we spend $40 billion annually on presents? Can you think of a better way of spending all that money than on gifts of love? And most of them are just that. And so what if all the lights and tinsel do create a fairy tale setting that soon disappears with the so-called Christmas spirit? At least it lets us know, if only for a brief time, what life can be like if we only try.
Let the message ring out this day, not that we are destroying this holy day, but rather, that we can never destroy this day. “Behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day, in the city of David, a Saviour who is Christ the Lord.”
I hope this helps you to look at the Merry side of Christmas!
Study verses: Isaiah 9:6; 1 Timothy 1:15; Hebrews 1:6; 10:5