I know we’re barely out of Halloween, and yet I’m about to talk about Christmas, but what can I say. I enjoy the season. Besides, I have a rant, and you know me, I’ve gotta let it out. I was walking through Hobby Lobby the other day, perusing the Christmas ornaments, looking for things that can be turned into crafts. Two girls were laughing about an ornament. When I got to them, I noticed the ornament that had their attention was a huge hamburger. It was ridiculous looking.
Does this say Christmas to you?
I then glanced around. There was Sponge Bob, Barbie, footballs, baseballs, and basketballs. I even spotted all types of critters like squirrels. There was an angel or two, but one thing was missing. Jesus.
I noticed this at not only Hobby Lobby (the store is owned by Christians) but Michaels as well. The only nativity items I saw were really flat ornaments of the manger with a star and tiny nativity pieces very poorly done.
What has become of Christ at Christmas?
Christmas is a time to celebrate our Savior’s birth. Luke 2:7 tells us that Mary brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn. There apparently is no room in the local stores for Jesus either.
Maybe it’s because it’s too early for all the Christmas ornaments to be out. I don’t know. I just know I didn’t like it. So I’ve decided that until I see more nativity scenes in the stores and less commercialism, I will not purchase any ornament that isn’t Christian based.
I’ll wish everyone a Merry Christmas, not a Happy Holiday. My savior is too important to ignore because of political correctness. Besides, most people are not upset by the sentiment. They know this is where Christmas came from. And if upsets them, that’s okay. I’d rather they be upset with me instead of Jesus being hurt because I’m afraid of others’ feelings.
Christmas can be celebrated in the school room with pine trees, tinsel and reindeers, but there must be no mention of the man whose birthday is being celebrated. One wonders how a teacher would answer if a student asked why it was called Christmas. – Ronald Reagan
Thanksgiving will be over before you know it. Hopefully, this blog post will help remind you when you get busy during the Christmas season to stop and recall who we’re celebrating. Focus now and maybe we won’t forget that Jesus is the true reason for the season.
If you or someone you know is in need of prayer, please let me know. I’ll be more than happy to pray for the situation.