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Scrooge Doesn’t Live Here: Jesus Does.


They are at it again. In fact they have been for quite some time. I am talking about the Thanksgiving and Christmas Police.

They raid the stores the day after Halloween filling them up with turkeys, stuffing mix, cranberries, pumpkin pies, and Horn of Plenty tablecloths. Walk down another aisle and you will find Santa Claus talking to you through a microphone. Beside him are some elves, shirts with Frosty drinking coffee and holiday decorations for as far as you can see. THEY MUST BE STOPPED. IT IS TOO EARLY. 

Growing up we managed to get through Thanksgiving before doing anything about Christmas. Now it is as if they are compiled together for the sake of funding the vast majority of shops, stores and their owners.  Again, it is all about competition with the almighty dollar as the referee.

My husband thinks I am a cynic and has accused me of not liking Christmas.  He just said to me “are you watching a Christmas movie before Thanksgiving?” Maybe if there was something else worth watching like James Bond I would.

If it makes me a cynic that Thanksgiving and Christmas are not about money, giving presents to each other when we don’t need them and dining around the clock with food that is unhealthy and fattening, then I claim that attitude with anger, frustration and a sense of sadness to boot. If I am a cynic because most people don’t celebrate Christmas for what it truly is, then call me a cynic twice.

I have to ask God, “what do you think of the way we have ruined your son’s birthday?” “God, have we completely lost our way with you that we have pushed him aside so that he celebrates it alone and unnoticed?”

Forgive me if I am sounding as if I have no Christmas spirit. It has been hitting me about this time for the last few years.

I am not going to involve myself in the giving of presents. Instead I will donate money to the International Fellowship of Christian and Jews in honor of those I love to help God’s chosen to know the Messiah

I will not stress myself over not being able to be with family due to living away from them, schedules and a myriad of other reasons I can’t control.

I will not allow myself to join in one celebration after another in the name of food or join in the Mutual Admiration Society of Christmas decorations.

I will not appease those around me for the sake of traditions they refuse to change and yet mine were changed for me without my consent.

I will not pretend to be sociable if my heart is not in it or because everyone else is doing it. 

I will not allow myself to be swallowed up in the untrue meaning of Christmas for the sake of not offending someone else, or it is not politically correct.

I dare to be different. I vow to allow Jesus to show up on Christmas morning in my house because he never left to start with.


8 thoughts on “Scrooge Doesn’t Live Here: Jesus Does.

  1. There is a difference between Christmass Spirit and Christian Spirit, I see you as having both, a little less of the first but that is as it should be. God bless my Friend,-WATW

  2. Since I was a little boy, people have always said Christmas was too commercial and of course, they’re right. But I still like Christmas. I like getting together with as many family members as possible, eating too much and giving gifts.

    Yet, even though, it is so commercial, it’s one of the two days a year (Easter being the other) when most of the world knows there is a man named Jesus. How many Hindu gods have world-wide holidays? Or how many people really pay attention to Allah’s holidays? Or Buddha?

    Yes, Christmas isn’t perfect, but I like it.

  3. I’m with you! It’s frustrating and we need to take a stand.
    This is what I do. 🙂 It’s fun and refreshing, I say, “Merry Christmas or God Bless you,” to the sales clerks. I only buy what my grandchildren NEED — like a jacket or shoes. When I put up a small tree, I tell the babies about Jesus’ birth as they hang angels & airplanes on the branches. When I walk into the post office, I tell them I want the reason for the season stamps — Jesus and Mary please.

    It’s uplifting!
    Merry CHRISTmas,
    Lady D

  4. Hey Girl,

    Good post. My family and I do not give gifts except to the kids and my parents. However we do eat a lot of “unhealthy food.” I am sorry to say, I like that part:>) I have a girlfriend and every Christmas she bakes a Birthday Cake with Happy Birthday Jesus on it. She and her family gather round and sing Happy Birthday to Jesus.

    As being Catholic we have an Advent wreath with candles in it. Purple, pink, and white. Each week we light a different color candle, say a prayer daily, and the white one we light on Christmas day representing the “Light of the World has been born. The darker one’s are for when Jesus was not born. This helps us to always consider what was done for us by the birth of Christ. We also have the “Manger Scene” in our homes but the “infant Jesus” does not get placed in there until Christmas morning. These are just things we do to make Christmas about Jesus. (Just sharing)

    I hope you have a great one anyways, and I agree we need to get past Thanksgiving first. God Bless, SR

    • SR, my own immediate family fights me on this. It bothers me they are so stuck in the idea of getting gifts more than giving them. Also due to where we live there are no other family around us. Schedules conflict, some wouldn’t visit us anyway for numerous reasons, but we are left alone here.

      My family is huge; my husband’s is not and they are not close. I am torn often as to what to do because of the expectations of both parties. My agreement with God is to do what he wants me to even if my loved ones don’t agree or understand. Then someone always gets hurt or feels left out.

      My learning from God is that when we are so close to the Father, we are connected spiritually to each other in the flesh; but most of my family do not understand that. As of right now the tension is thick. It makes me sad.

      Cathy Craig Neil, PMIC/Guardian Property Management, LLC http://www.wix.com/cathyneil/Property-Management 803-840-1946 blog: http://www.craigmotor.wordpress.com author/columnist: http://www.believers.bay.com

  5. Hey Girl,

    I am so sorry you have to endure this during the holidays. I know it must make you sad as it does me for you, and so many others in the same circumstance as you.

    I think what you are trying to say to them, “The greatest gift we have, has already come to us from our Lord, and that is Jesus. No amount of gift giving which we do will ever top that.”

    If I were you, I would simply make Christmas about what I wanted it to be in my life, buy a gift for who I wanted to, let the squabblers have their corner, and stay away from that corner. This way you can keep the joy of what the Lord has done for us in your heart. People have a way of robbing us of our joy, especially at Christmas. At times we have to make up our own minds if we are going to let that happen or not.

    As far as the “hurt feelings” go, this is my motto to which I live by. “I am never responsible for how someone takes what I say, I am however responsible for how I say it.”

    Christmas it seems is always about someone getting their “feelings hurt.” If they “choose” to be like a puffed up toad at Christmas, then that is their choice. Even though it may make us sad for them, we should never let it carry over into our own lives.

    Naphtali, you love our Lord so much. He has given you to your heart a dedication to Him that I find on these blogs hard to beat. You are His child and you know it. Pray for those around you who are not, and ask God to touch their lives as well. In doing this you are within God’s will for your life and will find your peace.

    When things like this happen to me, I always go to that part of my soul where only God dwells and I stay there, until the storm passes. This helps to keep the hurtful things of others, away from me.

    God Bless and will be praying for you and others in the same situation. SR

  6. I see we’re not that dissimilar!

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