Tuesday, December 5, 2006
Christmas has become a time of extravagant decorations, expensive electronics, office parties, the giving and receiving of gifts and the hustle and bustle of shopping. Sometimes the true meaning of the day gets lost amongst the “stuff” going on around us.
Instead of participating in the race to obtain the “perfect” season we should reflect on the birth of our savior. The commercialism of the day has taken the heart of our country in a ferocious grip…all in the name of promoting the economy.
We have had Christmas’ of plenty and a few that some people may consider more anemic. This year is going to be one of the “lesser” years at the Peterson Posse household. Transitioning from 2 incomes to 1 has been a character building experience for all of us. The fact that the number of gifts under the tree will be fewer than we’ve had in the past has no impact on the grandeur of the holiday. The “things” we delight in are constant.
The love we have for each other, the joy in the face of a young child, fine smells of Christmas dinner cooking in our oven, good friends and beloved family dropping in and the best gift of all…the birth, life and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. Without this, the very best God could give; there would be no hope for life beyond death.
If you find this holiday season that you are feeling overwhelmed, under appreciated, over worked and forgotten recall that the BEST gift has already been given!