I stood at the Starbucks counter last December, chatting with one of the friendly baristas. I asked about her Christmas plans, to which she responded that she doesn’t celebrate Christmas.
It’s too commercialized, she said.
It isn’t that she doesn’t believe in God’s heartbeat taking human form in Jesus, because she does.
It’s just that society has missed the point and made something holy into something for profit and that bothers her.
And it bothers her enough to opt out of Christmas.
It bothers me, too! But what if, instead of asking ourselves how we might dismiss the season altogether, there was a better question for followers of Jesus to ask:
How can we faithfully remember and rejoice in this God who entered our mess to engage us where we are? Our God who Himself didn’t opt out just because we were missing the point?
In preparation for the Christmas season, choose now to faithfully celebrate Jesus – not to lament the way others are missing the point.
Fix your focus on the arrival of the Christ child and take a different route to the manger this year.
Choose a theme for your gift giving and celebrations, and have some fun with it! Make people smile! There are far too many Grinches and Scrooges in the world already – let’s choose to bring glory to God!
Give a piece of yourself to your loved ones this year.
Give gifts that support a cause and multiply the blessing.
Put your creativity to work now – while there is still time to follow through.
Becoming a victim of the business of Christmas is not a given – it’s a choice.
Choose wisely, my friends!