Saturday, November 27, 2010

Christmas ADVENTures

We all know that Jesus is the reason for the season, right?

But I cannot tell you how many times that I have heard some variation of a phrase that goes something like this:
Kids don't care about that.
Kids know...but they don't know.
The kids know this....but they only care about the gifts and the parties and Santa.

So is it enough to read the Christmas story and sing some O Holy Night Christmas songs and think that, as parents, we are passing on a legacy of what the true meaning of celebrating Christmas is?
All the while, we are getting caught up in the shopping, baking, partying, Santa stuff, etc.?

Is Jesus in any of that, or are we all caught up in the commercialization of Christmas rather than the true meaning of Christmas? 

I'm going out on a limb to say that it is okay to get caught up in it.
To celebrate.
To shop.
To go to the party.
Decorate the tree.
And yes....even go see Santa.

Because Jesus is there.
He wants to meet us in the celebrations.
He can be found at the mall.
In the gifts.
In the lights on the tree.
In the colors of the season.
And even hiding in the story of Santa
.....and the partridge in a pear tree. 

It's true. 
There is a ton of symbolism in what we may think is the world's commercialization of Christmas....and we don't have to go too far to find Jesus in it all. 

I didn't always realize this.
And I used to get frustrated by all that seemed so worldly about Christmas.

Now I'm all over it.
Because Jesus is coming to the party.
And you are invited too.

Come visit me here as I share some of our Christmas ADVENTures. 

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