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Where Does that Christmas Feeling Come From?

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.

What does your Christmas feeling come from?

Where does your Christmas feeling come from?

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!


Question: What about you, where does your Christmas feeling come from?

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I am a pastor, missionary, and preacher of the Gospel of Jesus Christ in Ukraine since 2007. God blessed me with a wonderful wife and 5 amazing children!

My greatest passion is to teach, encourage, and exhort others to turn to Jesus, who is Savior, Lord, and God!

  • Nancy

    Very good. The “Christmas feeling” most often overwhelms the true and beautiful Christmas story.

    • I think that often we don’t really think about the fact that what we associate with Christmas is not always things that are fundamental to Christmas.

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  • Lisa Jensen

    I loved this and read it to my daughter and husband. Thank you for sharing your talent with us.
    God bless you!

    • Lisa, thanks for sharing the poem with your family. I’m glad that it blessed it you. I hope you’re looking forward to a wonderful New Year!