I will be travelling the next few days so I will throw up my Christmas post a few days early. 2 years ago (holy smokes, time flies) I posted this, about those wacky Christians breaking out into song in some of the craziest places, it was a great excuse to revisit the videos (don’t forget this one). I got another one, this will make your day;
I get a lot of the typical complaints about Christmas, the crass commercialism, the selfishness, the ever consuming pursuit of bargains and the slippery slop of debt and spending more than you should. But Christmas has not changed, even if you have. For the believer, we still rejoice in the birth of The Christ. And for the non believer, the concept of family, of giving gifts to the ones we love, it is only as special as we make it.
The old adage of “It is better to give than to receive”, anyone that has kids knows how true this really is. I doubt there is a person alive that does not cherish fond memories of bygone days, of Christmases past, the anticipation of what is under that wrap, the great food, (my mom’s pecan pie, youssaa), then getting together with your buddies to compare loot. And the tradition gets perpetuated generation to generation.
This year is extras special. My mom and my wife’s mom are very elderly, her’s is probably seeing her last Christmas and mine, maybe one or two more. The joy for us has been in making their Christmas memorable. All the stops have been pulled out, all has been arranged, they, who can do nothing for others, will have everything done for them, this is going to be great.
Christmas time is also a good occasion where we can reflect on our good fortune, our blessings in life, and maybe turn some needed attention to those less fortunate and in need of life’s essentials. In celebrating his birthday we should all strive to be more Christ like, and folks that he had a special affinity for, the poor, the orphans, the widows, we should not ignore. There are some great charities out there that do good work, many will keep your money local if that is what you want. It is a great excuse to tweak the nose of the liberals, those who think they got a monopoly on compassion, but we know who the real compassionate charitable ones are, lets keep it going and pay it forward.
Merry Christmas to all those at RTFLC. Next week we will rag on Obama and all his misguided ways, for today we celebrate the good news:
“But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people; for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord'”.