Monday, December 5, 2011

What Happened To Christmas?

My human and I have been talking a lot about Christmas and what it really means.  She says that Christmas is actually something that we carry in our hearts.  It isn't supposed to be about presents.  Candi says that it is supposed to be about sharing of ourselves like God shared his Son.

This past week, Candi has been sharing her Christmas traditions with her nieces.  They went to Magical Nights of Lights at Lake Lanier Islands, Christmas In Lights at Callaway Gardens and A Stone Mountain Christmas.  Her ear infection got worse because of being out in the night air to view the various displays, but it was important to share these special things with Rachel, Stephanie and Elizabeth.  They didn't spend a great deal of money.  Instead, they shared laughter and just enjoyed each other's company while looking at the world with awe through little Elizabeth's eyes.  She says that is what Christmas is really about.  Sharing of ourselves.

I'm a little confused by my human's idea of what Christmas is compared to what I've been seeing on TV.  Candi seems to be happy and even more patient than usual with others.  Yet, the news reports people spraying each other with pepper spray or trampling on each other to get a good deal on a game console.  Not only that, but there was one lady that yelled at my human and her nieces when Elizabeth and Maggie got a little loud on a trolley ride through Christmas lights.  It doesn't make sense to me.  If Christmas is supposed to be about love and sharing...why are people being so selfish?

Can anyone tell us what has happened to Christmas?  Where did the spirit of Christmas go?  Have we all been put on Santa's naughty list and as a result choose to keep behaving badly?  Can we get Christmas back?  These are the questions I have.  And although Candi says I have nothing to worry about, I can't help but wonder if Santa will bring me a pair of shoes to chew on.  I don't want to be left out on Christmas morning just because everyone else has lost their Christmas spirit.

1 comment:

  1. Patton,

    We CAN bring back our Christmas spirit. We just have to be BRAVE enough to show everyone that we wear the love of our Saviour on our sleeve. Gone are the days when a Christian shies away from proclaiming what Christmas really means. Imagine giving the one thing you love more than anything to a bunch of people who don't seem to care so they can kill your loved one...imagine a G_d so caring that He allowed his only Son to feel the pain and anguish of death so you and me can be free from eternal death.

    We can get Christmas back...but we have to reach out and grab it and hold onto it forever.