Thursday, October 27, 2005

Christmas Cometh

It's way, way early I know. It's not even Halloween, much less Thanksgiving. But I always get so busy just before Christmas that by the time it finally arrives my mind is a blur and before I know it everything we've been preparing for has already happened and I wind up feeling like we missed it. Last year, I had vacation time so I took off work the week before Christmas. What a difference that made! Our shopping was done early, I had time to do the little things that needed to be done, and when Christmas came I felt like I was ready for it. Not that it's a magical date or anything, but the whole season really does have a holy feel to it. We have some Christians in our family and some non-Christians so we have some of the secular "Santa Claus" business, although he doesn't stop at our house. To me, that's a pointless way to celebrate Christmas. Like July 4th is a celebration of America's independence, but if you don't believe in Jesus then what's the point of Christmas or Easter? It seems so empty, and with nothing holy about them. They lose that mystique.

It's real early, but that's my point. I highly recommend starting early so you can take your time this December and appreciate your family and friends, maybe do something kind for a stranger, and contemplate all that changed when God took on flesh.

14 Comments:

Blogger A Truth Seeker said...

Thanks for telling me about your post. It was a very good read. I agree with the statements about God being outside the box and affecting things inside the box and also that an infinite God could do anything we just can’t understand how he did it. As for Christmas, I am glad you pointed out how empty the season is without God. Do you think that all this commercialism is humans trying to fill in the emptiness with something, anything?

October 31, 2005 1:50 PM  
Blogger DErifter said...

Hi, TS-

Welcome. Yes, I absolutely think that people are using the season to fill the void. Even outside of Christianity-- people worship Krishna, the sun, animals and whatever else. There is an emptiness that many people feel, and why? That's one sign that there is a connection to something higher that has been lost. People realize that we aren't just pieces of the universe. There has to be more. They always have been looking to re-connect, as long as there have been people. They just look in different places. But we have found that there is only one way to re-connect and fill that emptiness. Peace with God feels good. Like it's how it was supposed to be.

Listen to me rambling. Nothing you didn't know! Thanks for your comments.

October 31, 2005 7:19 PM  
Blogger A Truth Seeker said...

It has always amazed me the verity of things that people will worship. From a rock, the sun, the moon, or a bush to in the modern times football, cars, or anything but God. It really does show just how lost they are doesn’t it.

November 02, 2005 9:20 PM  
Blogger DErifter said...

It's funny that you'd mention football, because Truth Explorer (TE) recently left a comment to that effect on another blog.
He said even when your team wins the super bowl or world series or stanley cup or whatever, before you even get a chance to enjoy it, people are wondering if you can repeat the next year. So there is no final victory even when you win it all. The best this world has to offer just doesn't satisfy. The ultimate goal isn't found here but in God.

November 02, 2005 10:10 PM  
Blogger Crimson_Willow said...

Hey, recognize me? WAZZUP?!? Anyways, just got done reading this post and I gotta tell ya, AWESOME setup. The green letters looked like they stood out from the red ones. It was freaky.
So, what do you think of christians who do the whole Santa Clause thing? My grandma is a total Jesus Freak, goes to church every Sunday, tithes, even when she can't afford it, teaches sunday school to 2nd graders... but each year she still does the whole Santa bit. She leaves everyone a stocking out, and then the next morning says that Santa was there. She even leaves out cookies and milk, then gets up at like 3am to drink the milk and eat the cookies. However, she also leaves out a Nativity scene on her lawn and on Christmas Eve will read a Santa story, and the Jesus story. Do you think she's wrong in this?

November 03, 2005 7:56 PM  
Blogger DErifter said...

Hey, CW!
Sure I recognize you. I'd know you anywhere, heh-heh. I'm a little surprised to see you here. (I'm not sure why, really.) Anyway, welcome to my blog which, by the way, is still free. All this and with no cover charge. I can hardly believe it myself.

Do I think your grandma's wrong? Drinking milk that's been out for hours is definitely wrong, yes. Try giving THAT to your cat and see what happens.

No, seriously, I wouldn't say "wrong", but to me it seems a little weird to say, "At Christmas we celebrate the Messiah's arrival, the beginning of our salvation" and then mix in a bunch of well, lies about Santa and elves and flying reindeer and stuff. If you tell your kid that, and then they get older and find out ****SPOILER: IF YOU BELIEVE IN SANTA CLAUS DON'T READ ANY FARTHER**** that Santa doesn't exist, and it was you who bought all the presents and wrote "from Santa" on them, what does that say about your integrity? How does the kid know that what you're telling them about AIDS or meth isn't just another untrue Santa story? I think it has to do with consistency. ***END SPOILER***

"The green letters looked like they stood out from the red ones. It was freaky."

CW, are you wearing your 3-D glasses at your computer again?

November 03, 2005 10:16 PM  
Blogger A Truth Seeker said...

I have to agree with derifter on this one. I don’t see how what she is doing can be a sin but it just seems that it is not right to divert our attention away form the birth of Christ by an overweight guy being towed around by reindeer in a red box built by midgets in pointy shoes. I just doesn’t seem right.

November 05, 2005 12:07 AM  
Blogger DErifter said...

TS-
Check out this quote by Tom Brady of the Patriots. Crazy timing, right after we talked about it huh?
There must be more than this

November 05, 2005 11:50 AM  
Blogger A Truth Seeker said...

That is quite the statement. I do hope he find Jesus.

November 07, 2005 10:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey derift,
my name is Julie, you recently left a comment on my blog so I thought I'd drift over to yours. Its cool to check out someone else's concepts, thoughts and encouragements. My favorite part so far is that you've started talking about Christmas in October! I love it... I've already got two posts about snow on mine and we've yet to see a flake!
Looking forward to reading more,
Julie
PS...as a nurse I must say someone should speak to that grandma and perhaps suggest to her that she should begin teaching the children that "Santa likes his milk right out of the fridge when he arrives!"....uh maybe because he's used to the north pole or something clever like that :P

November 18, 2005 12:34 AM  
Blogger Crimson_Willow said...

How'd you know about my 3-D glasses?

December 02, 2005 5:18 PM  
Blogger DErifter said...

Just a guess. Crimson on one side, willow on the other, right?

December 02, 2005 5:59 PM  
Blogger Crimson_Willow said...

You're so smart! If I ever get your address, I'm gonna mail you a sticker!

December 26, 2005 2:41 PM  
Blogger DErifter said...

A Sticker??? That would be AWESOME! I collect them on my thermos.
If it's really that good, you could "e"-mail it to me. You got me intrigued already...

December 27, 2005 3:18 PM  

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