Love/Hate Relationship With Christmas

Most people love it when the holidays roll around. Christmas seems to bring out cheer in everyone. I love the meaning of Christmas but despise the commercialism of Christmas. If Christmas was really about Christ I would enjoy it more. In our household there are a few things that I do that seems to drive the other’s nuts.

I won’t look at Christmas decorations/trees/anything Christmas until at least November 1st. I think it is ridiculous that we have to see Christmas decorations for sale in August. Ugh!

I don’t want to hear Christmas music played until December starts. The fact that retail stores start playing Christmas music at the beginning of November proves that it has become more commercial. They know Christmas songs make people buy more.

It drives me crazy that as soon as Thanksgiving day comes, it is Christmas music non-stop for the next 5-6 weeks. Can’t we at least mix Christmas music with regular music? Can someone please write some new Christmas songs? Radio stations play the same songs in 100 different formats.

For those of you who think I am bah-humbug, maybe you are right. My favorite Christmas music is the Trans-Siberian Orchestra and my new found favorite is the following song by Punk band Reliant K. Now, this is the way to play Christmas music.

You see, Christmas for me is celebrating the birth of Christ, but it should be a year-long celebration of the Savior of the World. Christ came that He might save mankind from their sins. This Christmas, let’s keep the right perspective on what this season means. It is not about the presents, or the festivities, it is about the greatest thing that could ever happen to humanity. God became man that He might redeem them from their slavery to sin.

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