There is something magical about a White Christmas. Maybe it’s those special snow filled Christmas Morning activities like trying out brand new sleds, or building snowmen that make a White Christmas so coveted. Many places are pretty much guarantee a white Christmas but not my hometown—St Louis. We’re kind of in that place where sometimes we might get buckets of snow in December and arrive with beautiful layers of snow on the 25th or we’re just as likely to spend the whole month of December with nothing more than a few flurries. It sure would be nice to be able to make this Christmas be white. But I guess thinking I can make it snow whenever I want is kind of ridiculous.
To be honest, Christmas has the tendency to make me think I should try to do a lot of ridiculous things. I should make sure that every present I give is special and heartwarming. I should make sure that throughout the holidays I cook every person in the family their favorite dish. I should make sure I stay rested and the kids stay healthy. I should make my husband stop working long enough to enjoy the holidays. See what I mean? Kind of ridiculous.
Let’s face it, I have as much chance of pulling any of this off as waving my arms and giving St Louis a white Christmas. So what’s my problem? Why do the holidays make me want to suddenly be in control of the uncontrollable? It’s simple really. I want everyone I love to be joy filled this Christmas. Have you ever gotten so carried away trying to make Christmas “perfect” that you totally missed the Christmas joy for yourself as well as for those around you?
But what if Christmas joy is not something that can be planned, orchestrated or delegated? What if the joy of Christmas did not rely on what you do but on what Christ can do? In Luke 2:10 when the angels say “I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.”–the good news was not that the present you want to get for your husband is 50% off. The good news is not that the turkey was cooked to perfection or that your mother-in-law thought your Christmas tree was spectacular. That may all be good news but the REALLY GOOD NEWS is that “in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; He is Christ the Lord.”
At some point every December, I need a good head thump to remind me to quit trying to make Christmas special for everyone else. Instead of trying to accomplish the ridiculous, join me to stop and drink in the good news that a Savior has been born; and He is Christ the Lord! There is no amount of snow or presents or food that can bring the joy of Christmas into the lives of those you love. They can get their joy from Christ just like you. So let the joy of Christmas live in you…then for you this Christmas, who knows? Maybe the Lord will decide to do something really ridiculous.