As the holiday season is in full swing, the sounds of register machines and shopping bags become music to the ears of hard core buyers. Like many of us, we quickly forget about the real meaning of this holiday season. “Be thankful for what we have,” is a phrase often shared around the dinner table on Thanksgiving Day. A cherished moment where guests and family members gathered together to honor God and offer thanks for all that HE has done in one’s lives. Unfortunately, “Thanks” soon becomes dissolved and faded beyond recognition as both men and women sacrifice themselves to bargain shop. If we are thankful for what we have, then why waste on things normally would not be on the shopping list? Is Christmas become an excuse to buy a selfish gift from retail department stores? Is Christmas our way to buy the love and affection of someone we hold dear? When did Christmas go wrong?
Happiness of our society has become so materialistic, it refuses to enjoy the simple things in life. Our attention should be to God’s love that was promised to everyone who believe and not something placed on a store shelf. This year, retail department store are opening their doors on Thanksgiving day rather than on Friday preventing families to enjoy a time honored tradition spending an evening together. To make matters worse, Christmas has gotten away from it’s Noel origins. Children, not long ago, kept the spirit of Christmas best by decorating and singing Christmas Carols at school winter concert. Parents would participate in the festivities by dressing Christmas decorations around the tree and home while mother prepared her holiday favorite dishes to enjoy. Nowadays, family are too busy to take part in the holiday traditions. Public schools no longer allow children to perform the Nativity story. Elaborate and expensive gifts replace the sentimental and thoughtful ones. Even offering good tidings of joy has been politically corrected by wishing Happy Holiday Seasons rather than Merry Christmas. Whatever happen to the gifts from the heart rather than the wallet? Where did Christmas go wrong?
In the book of 1 Thessalonians 5:18 tells we are to always be thankful in everything, It is God will and Jesus Christ is in everyone. In the book of 1 Peter 4:10 reads, “As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace. Christmas went wrong because society did, made a “B-line” to self gratification. Everyone want newest and most advance gadget out on the market or worse buy a gift to satisfy a guilty conscience. People have forgotten what the meaning of Christmas. On that day began a child offered the gift of God’s embrace. It did not come in expensive box with fancy paper wrappings or even a bow. It was offered in a manger in swaddling clothes a child of God. This simple gift has continued to reward us all. For that, we are thankful.
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