It is 8:37am Central Standard Time as I start to contemplate what I might write today. I thought I’d check the news and see what this morning has brought so far; perhaps an article about lines formed overnight outside big box stores and the financial slaughter retailers hope to enjoy.
Before the cash registers can start to ring, shots ring out, tires squeal, and the human slaughter begins.
The first headline I see on The London Daily Mail Online is this –
8:37am CST. Not early enough to read the news without a headline like this. Too late to start the day with good news.
WWJD? Weep, I think.
Last Saturday I wrote And So It Begins – https://jeffreyhking.wordpress.com/2016/11/19/and-so-it-begins/ – describing my ambivalence over Christmas. I miss the memories and feelings of my youth. I cherish the traditional carols. I miss the beautiful decorations and lights. Not having done any of that in years, no decorations or presents, has been a bit of a relief even as I miss the “Old Ways.” No pressure at the start, no depression when it’s over.
By the headline, at least two families will wish for the Old Ways. In earnest. We’ll see what the toll is, financial and human, tomorrow morning.
This morning tells us why Luke and the other apostles only record the story with no more than a hint as to at least the time of year Jesus was truly born. Can you imagine if we were able to nail down the exact date? It’s bad enough that we at least think we know where He was born. There has been so much contention over who owns that site!
Personally, I vote for God. But that’s just me.
I would like to tell everyone to do voluntarily what a layoff forced me to do; downsize your Christmas to some favorite music, a favorite meal, a church service or two, the latter followed up by continuous attendance afterward.
I’m going to ask all of you for a favor, something I’ve never asked before. My readership is not yet large enough to have the impact I hope it would for something like this. I’m going to ask you to re-blog this article just to try and spread this idea just a bit further. No, this isn’t a bid to promote my blog. I just feel strongly about getting Christmas back to being…smaller. Something more meaningful and less dangerous.
If you don’t want to re-blog this, maybe write your own article on making Christmas more of what it should be this year and following years. Put it in your words, your feelings. Let’s at least make an effort to change the tide within our own sphere of influence.
Will we make enough of a difference to stop these headlines? To paraphrase something I heard years ago, we likely won’t. But it’s in the trying that we succeed.