I’m conflicted about Christmas.
This isn’t new. It’s crept up on me for years.
I do love the decorations, the sparkling lights, trees, and Santa’s. I really like the cookies, the candles, and candy canes. I love the music of the season, too.
The seasonal parties are heartwarming. Children’s anticipations and squeals are delightful.
So where is my conflict?
I grew up in a simpler time. Christmas, I was taught, is a religious holiday. It’s the celebration of Christ’s birth.
So then, how can I reconcile the angels’ night announcement of baby Christ with vicious shoppers who spend a night in line the night before the store opens to get the limited ‘must have’ items from Santa this year?
How can I reconcile the humble beginnings of Christian faith with the materialistic steamroller of Christmas marketing?
How can I reconcile the message of the Gift of the Christ Child with all the ads and the pressure to purchase the perfect presents?
I guess there’s nothing wrong with enjoying the decorations, the sparkling lights, trees, and Santa’s, or the cookies, the candles, and candy canes.
I will view it all, however, through a filter, while keeping my eyes on the first gift—the One that can make all things new.