“Christmas time is here…happiness and cheer…” Really? I think I am having a Charlie Brown Christmas moment. Christmas is coming and I just can’t seem to find the happiness that used to engulf me regarding the holiday. I don’t seem to feel the way most people feel. It’s not that I don’t like giving presents, receiving Christmas cards, and seeing the decorations and all, but the excitement is gone. I guess I’m guilty, as Linus says in the movie, “of taking a wonderful holiday like Christmas and turning it into a problem.”
Maybe Christmas really is for kids. I have to “work” at getting thrilled about this season and I don’t do a good job at that either. I think a lot of it has to do with the commercialism surrounding the day itself. It’s a racket…a big business…a retail dream…and a consumer nightmare! There is too much stress, too much rush, and too much pressure to find the perfect gift for that person that already has everything.
I don’t mean to sound like Ebenezer Scrooge, and I don’t want to look like the Grinch that stole Christmas, but for the love of Pete, what has happened to this sacred holiday? I get so caught up in the hustle and bustle that I forget the reason for the season. By the time Christmas day arrives, I’m just so glad the craziness is behind me that it’s almost an afterthought that it’s the day of our Savior’s birth! That is so disturbing to me.
I want a “tender Tennessee Christmas…where the love circles around us…like the gifts around our tree.” I want there to be “peace on earth…the peace that was meant to be…and I want it to begin with me.” I want a white Christmas…like the ones I used to know…where the tree tops glisten and children listen to hear sleigh bells in the snow.”
I want to get back to a more old fashioned Christmas where the emphasis is on the birth of Jesus and not the number of gifts we purchase. Where the craziness is replaced with love and laughter and helping our fellow man. I want the day to be a celebration rather than an obligation. I want my excitement about this holiday to be merry and bright…and since I am in a demanding mood, I want my Christmases to be white. LOL
Today, I am thankful for the birth of Jesus…the reason for the season.
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