“HO! Ho! Ho! Merry Christmas!” shouts jolly old Saint Nick, as he stands atop his sleigh.
If his beard wasn’t so large we would’ve known that what Father Christmas really meant to say was “Oh! Oh! No! Man, it’s Christmas!” Chimneys are unforgiving to a seasoned man of his size. And the billions of cookies and cups of milk don’t help his campaign.
Meanwhile, at the forefront are nine floating reindeer struggling to carry Kris Kringle’s weight plus gifts. This side of the story no one sees. And Rudolph’s nose probably didn’t become unflatteringly red until he started flying at the head of the pact through the scorching cold winter weather. But only Santa, the reindeer and toy-making elves know the truth behind that tale.
Despite Santa’s grievances, to most, the Christmas season is the best time of the year.
Of course the gift-giving is the most popular part. Well, being more accurate, gift-receiving is most favored. However, along with the stories we’ve all heard and read about, I have many family members, friends, and teammates who would rather give than receive. Materials, money, food, but mostly giving their time volunteering at shelters, assisting the underprivileged, or simply loving those around them. It’s a wonderful thing to witness.
I personally opt on the side to give than receive. But it’s something about Christmas that makes me want to sit at home with my family and eat sweets all day while we watch A Christmas Story and Home Alone over and over again.
Christmas time is here! It’s a time to enjoy family, good friends, and a great outlook into the coming new year. If you can give a gift, give one. If you can’t, you can’t.
Maybe you can give your time to someone. If you don’t have time, give a phone call. Can’t call? Send a nice message through text. No? Won’t work for you? Okay, give a prayer for someone, your neighborhood, your country, something. Now, if you can’t do that, then it’s going to be a rough holiday season for you. And if that’s you, be sure to leave a comment at the end of this article and I’ll make sure to pray for you.
Either way, what’s vital to understand during this time is that it’s not what we can give or receive from others. As much as the healthy old guy in the red fur jump suit with his white beard (which may or may not be stained of milk and red wine) wants us to believe, it’s not about the gifts. Come to think of it, other than the five golden rings, the other eleven gifts in the “12 Days of Christmas” song were terrible. Raise your hand if you’d like six geese-a-laying? No, it can’t be about the gifts. It’s about the gift given to us:
Jesus Christ. And though the word “Christmas” derives from “Christ’s Mass”, seeing people text, write and email “X-mas” makes me ponder its origin from a different angle. I made the same abbreviation for years until I started following Christ in 2005. Since then, when I saw it, it made me think of it as a subliminal way to “X” Christ out of Christmas.
That leaves us with “mas”, which in Tagalog and Spanish means “more”. My message for you this holiday season is let’s not get caught up in the whirlwind of gifts by X’ing out Christ and only wanting “mas”. Let’s get back to the true meaning of Christ-mas and think of “Christ More”.
With that being said, if you get a three-diamond ring or give your family members two cars apiece, I’m not mad at you! But have the perspective to enjoy this holiday season whether a prayer is all you can offer, or if all you receive this year is a partridge in a pear tree.