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Reindeer in Distress!

Romans 12:6-8

If you preach, just preach God’s Message, nothing else; if you help, just help, don’t take over; if you teach, stick to your teaching; if you give encouraging guidance, be careful that you don’t get bossy; if you’re put in charge, don’t manipulate; if you’re called to give aid to people in distress, keep your eyes open and be quick to respond; if you work with the disadvantaged, don’t let yourself get irritated with them or depressed by them. Keep a smile on your face.
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I got home late last night and I happened to glance up and see this funny scene…it looked as if reindeer antlers were stuck in the icicles on our house.  Of course it is just a tree branch but it sure struck me as funny and then I began to think upon this silly situation.  What if Santa had to perform his duties on Christmas night with just 7 reindeer?  Would it change the story?  Would they have to rewrite the song and if so, which reindeer would they leave out?  On further thinking, I wondered why we have such a focus on Santa and his reindeer anyways with it being Jesus’ birthday and all.  Which, caused be to think about a message I heard once about Jesus being born in September…..hmmmmmm… things that make me go and ponder!
When I sat myself down and thought about all of these things today I began to think to myself, ” Do we really need Christmas?”.  My answer?  Of course we do! Whether we believe in the birth of a savior or the bringing of joy by a jolly old elf, it still causes families to connect and cheer to be spread.  I know some push the envelope and make Christmas a much bigger deal than need be, however, at the end of it all, joy was shared right?  Okay maybe not with every situation but overall there is a pause in life for just a few moments to share gifts with friends and family.
I also meditated about those who have no one this holiday.  The forgot ones who life has just pushed aside for whatever reasons.  They are the ones who need a Christmas hope more than anyone else and if that hope comes from someone giving them a gift from Santa then at least love was shared and what is love? God.  Perhaps if there was a better balance between Jesus and Santa I could feel more at ease with Santa.  I remember when my kids were young, I hated Santa.  I could not get over the fact that he was getting all the credit for what we as parents worked hard to get.  I was just ever so happy for Christmas to be done.
I challenge each of us this year to step away from Christmas and reevaluate our perspective of it.  Are we in it for the gifts or the love?  Do we have a desire to bless others or do we just want to get something good?  I am not sure where I lost my love for Christmas, but I know I need to get a new look at it in my heart.  I want to bring joy and hope.  I just want people to see Jesus in Christmas again.
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Days 11, 12, 13 & 14: What IS the Real Meaning?

Santa Claus, Reindeer, Elves & The North Pole

Acts 19:32
Inside, the people were all shouting, some one thing and some another. Everything was in confusion. In fact, most of them didn’t even know why they were there.

Okay, sorry I have neglected my blog, just happen to be going through a valley right now.  God is searching my heart and I am under His conviction.  It all kinda started with this blog actually and it has been quite the ride.  Well, as I digress, let us return our focus back to the topic of the blog, what is the real meaning of Christmas?

So to catch up I am taking the Santa Claus issue.  Now it is quite obvious Santa is not a part of the original Christmas.  Santa is certainly an imaginative creature yet he seems to have taken over the scene.  Instead of teaching children at an early age to appreciate the reasons behind gift giving, we fill their minds with this man in a jolly red suit.  As a mom, I used to get “jealous” of Santa because he received all the glory for our hard work as parents.  He got all the thank yous as we sat back and worried about how we wee going to pay our bills since we had just spent our last penny on getting enough candy for the stockings.

There are several different stories behind the man in the big red suit, many of which have to do with giving and helping the poor.  So to me the idea of Christmas with Santa is appealing as it was intended to help; yet so irrelevant to the birth of our saviour.  Do we totally feel this is true today?  Sure there are several ways to give during the holidays to those who are in need, however what percentage of our giving is to others?  Compared to what we spend on our own families, what do we give to help others during the season of giving?

Then there are the elves and reindeer living with Santa in the North Pole.  Now I could get creative and lead all these things into the Christian side of Christmas, however it is not the purpose.  As I get closer to the day of Christmas I am still concerned at how little the focus is on the Baby in the manger.  Children are excited for Christmas not because of the Hope which has arrived but because they will be visited by Santa who is bearing gifts for them, when in reality they only need one gift: Jesus.

How do we get back to reality?  How do we turn our focus to the simple gift of Hope?  It almost seems like Santa is too much to contend with.  As I am searching my very own heart, I can tell you that I have yet to put up any Christmas in my home.  I really am feeling drawn to just putting up a manger and calling it good.  The manger is filled with such hope and promises unlike the things we have to display Christmas now.  You never need to rearrange the ornaments or rewrap gifts, it is just there in all of its’ glory waiting for you to accept it for what it is: Hope.  I think perhaps all the “Santas” out there are in need of some Hope in their lives.