The Pastor's Peace - December, 2013
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Recently my wife and I were at the Greene to see a movie. It was a slow Monday night and the crews at the mall were busy putting the finishing touches on the Christmas tree in the center square. It must be 60 feet tall, and many of you have seen it, I’m sure; you can’t miss it. Being that you will be reading this newsletter article at the end of November or beginning of December, this will not seem odd to you. The Monday I’m speaking of, however, was Monday the 11th of November, also known as Veteran’s Day. The holiday was not even over and they already had a 60-foot Christmas tree up. Perhaps soon they will push things so early that Santa will be handing out Halloween candy.

Now this is nothing new; people have been complaining about this for many years now. In fact, one of my friends has started referring to everything in the malls as “X-mas” events and decorations. He refuses to call them anything having to do with “Christmas,” because they have nothing to do with the birth of his Lord and Savior. I think I will join him and thus say that the Greene has a 60-foot “X-mas” tree, because it sure doesn’t have anything to do with Jesus. Don’t even let me get started on how Wal-Mart and K-mart and probably every other sort of mart will be having sales on Thanksgiving Day. Apparently $99 flat
screen TVs are what one should be thankful for, not family.

One further irony is that on the day after the real Christmas season begins, (the 12 days that start on December 25th),on the 26th, they take it all down. Yet another reason to refer to it as “X-mas.” In thinking about it, however, that might not be such a bad thing. Perhaps we should focus a bit more on those 12 days of Christmas. The big retailers and malls won’t be ruining them for us. We can take a bit more time to think about Christ and what is truly important in our lives. This year I challenge all who read this to keep celebrating Christmas after the 25th.

Keep your Christmas trees up until January 6th, the end of Christmas, and on each of those 12 days think about what Christ means to you in your life, think about what is truly important in your life, think about what adds most to who you are and why you live, think about what the light in the darkness brings to you. I bet all of those things don’t cost $99 at Wal-Mart, and I bet you don’t even have to leave your house to find them. So take a moment sometime between December 25th and January 5th, put away all the “X-mas” stuff, and remember what “Christmas” is truly about.

Peace and Blessings,
Pastor Brian