Once we hand out the candy…it’s time to hand over our $ and prepare for the onslaught we call Christmas.
Don’t you just love Christmas? I personally love the spirit of Christmas…the smells, the food, the decorations, spending time with loved ones and family…but what about everybody else
I wonder what Christmas means to a mother who has lost her husband, who must take care of 3 or 4 children, working every day, never quite getting everything done, never making ends meet? What does Christmas mean to her?
I wonder what Christmas means to the little man in Zimbabwe, 80 years old, living in a hut, who knows nothing of shopping malls or Christmas trees? What does Christmas mean to him?
I wonder what it means to missionaries who are half a world away from families & friends, who are sacrificing so much to take the love of Christ to others who have never heard? What does it mean to them? I’m sure that it means different things to different people.
To merchants it is the busiest time of the year. Wal-Mart’s are now open 24/7 until Christmas Eve…Stores stay open longer, & hire extra people to accommodate all the shoppers. It means more profit, hopefully enough profit to see them through lean times ahead.
For some employees it means a Christmas bonus, a little more money in their pockets to do things that they want to do.
For many teen-agers & adults it is a time of fun & parties. For my boys along with every other North American child it is a time of impatience, with time seeming to pass so slowly, as they wait for Christmas morning.
Questions to ponder:
1. What is one of your fondest memories associated with Christmas?
2. Realistically, how much do you spend on Christmas each year…not just gifts but food, decorations, entertainment, etc.? How do you feel about that?
3. Is shopping more of a chore or a joy for you? Why?