Sometimes Holidays Suck
It’s not because one year I didn’t get what I wanted for Christmas. It’s not because I’m hip and unflinchingly anti-consumeristic. It is because I long for a time when holidays will not be necessary. A time when family won’t have to be picked and chosen between. I long for a time when the feast never stops, the celebration never ends. During these seasons I try to keep my mind and heart on a few helpful insights from the guy that (most of us believe) started it all. Jesus in Matthew 10:37–39 37
Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. And whoever does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.
Why would this be a holly jolly quote for the yuletide? Well, simply we’ve got to know we cannot please everybody…even ourselves! There just aren’t enough ‘days of Christmas’. There aren’t enough of everybody to go around. Sometimes we suck, drop the ball, give up the ghost, grab a bourbon and ginger ale, kiss our kids on the forehead, binge watch on netflix…but forget the meaning of the season. By season I mean life. Take note of this cherry from James 4:14
What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.
We’re not even really promised a definitive tomorrow. Just that with whatever way we find ourselves in to be content (Phil 4:14).
The one thing that remains true though the suck of it.
I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.
Egypt, for Israel was a time to notice God working in ways that were not lavish or altogether extraordinary. Egypt was where Mary and Joseph ran from to that little town. Our Egypts are places we have been planted (emotionally, spiritually, physically) to learn and hear God’s whisper, to learn to speak in covenant with Him. He will free us from slavery to sin, all of it. It does take belief. But not in the big why with the rosy cheeks. No, only Jesus, only believing in the Son (John 5:24).
As a great wise man once said:
“Stay Calm Tannenbaum!”-Ernest P. Worrel