I write this as I am siting in front of a Christmas tree decorated with lights and shiny red and gold balls, out the window I can see snow softly falling and Christmas music is playing in the background. It all feels pretty Christmasy.
But where does that feeling really come from? Should it be the lights and the tree that makes us feel like it’s Christmas?
The Christmas Feeling
Would it feel like Christmas for you
Without all the regular Christmas ado?
No “Jingle bells” or “deck the halls”
No mistletoe or wreaths hanging the walls
No gingerbread houses with candy roofs
No flying sleighs or reindeer hooves
No trees decked out with tinsel and light
No stockings hung over the fire at night
No festive sweaters made by Aunt Pam
No eating of turkey and especially no ham
No fat man with a white beard and black boots
No little people with pointy ears and green suits
No gizmos or gadgets to bring Christmas cheer
No shopping malls filled with new Christmas gear.
You see the first Christmas came without all the hype
It was altogether a different type.
It came simply in a quiet way
To a poor couple on winter day.
Surrounded by donkey’s and camels and sheep
Two young parents watched their baby sleep.
They knew he was special but just couldn’t see
How this small child a king could be.
The greatest miracle the world had known
Took place in a stable and not on a throne.
Jesus didn’t need stalking stuffers
Or soft new flannel covers,
That Christmasy feeling didn’t matter to him
He had come to a world that was fearfully dim
Losing its light at a threatening rate
People were consumed by despair and hate.
But now the Messiah had finally come to man
The perfect solution in God’s master plan.
He came to bring real life and light
To heal the sick and give blind new sight.
He came to suffer and die on a tree
The ultimate sacrifice for you and me.
That’s why the Christmas feeling is not the important part
To celebrate Christmas you need to have a right heart!