Nothing says the birth of Christ like putting cookies out on a plate for a fictitious character who threatens your children by saying he’ll take away gifts for bad behavior, right?Nothing says the birth of Christ like spending too much money on presents your kids don’t need and being plagued by skyrocketing credit card debt come January.
Nothing says the birth of Christ like the disappointment you feel when you don’t get exactly what you want in the right size and color.
Nothing says the birth of Christ like holding your family hostage by unmet expectations.
Nothing says the birth of Christ like skipping the Christmas Eve service at church so you can squeeze in more hours at the mall.
Nothing says the birth of Christ like fighting with your spouse over how to divide up the time at all the relatives’ houses.
There’s a lot of talk about the “war on Christmas,” and I do believe it exists.
But we may need to think long and hard about how we’re celebrating this holiday season.
If we take an honest look at ourselves, maybe we’re the ones waging it.
Yep. Well, at least I can speak for myself.
It’s not wrong to incorporate Santa into Christmas, or to buy lavish gifts, or to spend a ton of money in December. But I do know that sometimes it’s super easy to feel entitled, to let myself get too busy, and to overlook the joyful occasion of the birth of Christ in this season.
Surely I’m not the only one.
When we think about the “War on Christmas,” let’s just admit that – sure – there are people who don’t enjoy the season. But we should love those who don’t know Jesus yet and confess that we all wage war in our own hearts against the amazingly good and perfect gift we should be celebrating.