I Am Baker

What Happened to Christmas?

This holiday season started out odd for me… with the berserk weather we've had in the mid-west, we never really had a fall, much less decorated for one. 

Didn't put up any of our blanched corn husks, nor put out the pumpkins that we grew or were given… I didn't begin fall with the energized stride it normally inspires in me.

And now Christmas is almost upon us, and there is no home adorned with beautiful seasonal cheer… just a hasty meager tree that I felt forced to put up so the kids would have something.  A trivial little tree that I let the kids decorate from top to bottom.  That Audrey has pulled over on herself twice. (It weighs next to nothing)

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Yeah, that should be fun to untangle. ;)

It just doesn't feel like Christmas.

It seems like its just me.

I think one of the reasons I have grown to love this season is the excitement that is in the air.  You can just feel the energy.

Everywhere I look people are bustling around, preparing and anticipating.

Anticipating entertaining and giving gifts and receiving gifts and eating wonderful meals and sitting in front  of a tree sipping cocoa or egg nog or a nice Pinot Grigio.

I have yet to feel that.  We decided not to do any gifts this year… not even for our kids.  And although I know that is not what Christmas is about, I realized how caught up I am in that aspect of it.

I have been trying to teach my kids about the true meaning of Christmas since they were born, but I have to admit, part of me really looked forward to lavishing others with the perfect gift!  And of course,  its always fun to get presents!  

The truth is, I have forgotten Christ in Christmas. 

I came across this acronym from Hank Hanegraaff of the Christian Research Institute and wanted to share it, as it is really speaking to my heart. To read the full acronym, please click here.

The first line alone inspires hope in me.

                                                                                                                                                        

C, the first letter in Christmas,
stands for the person who alone gives any day eternal significance:
Christ our Lord. It is easy to shove Christ aside on this holiday, but
we should celebrate the birth of Jesus, whose very name means “the Lord
is salvation” and whose title, “Christ,” points to His role as the
Redeemer of humankind. If Jesus is not Christ in your life, celebrating
the birth of an obscure Jewish carpenter’s son is meaningless to you.

H stands for history. The birth, life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ are not myths or fantasy, but are historical realities.

R stands for rejoice, an appropriate response in recognition of what Christ has done.

I stands for the Incarnation, describing that glorious event in which God became man.

S stands for St. Nicholas,
the fourth century bishop of Myra, a Christian whose story —
embellished by years of telling — nevertheless exemplifies Christian
faithfulness and charity. Christmas should remind us of the
faithfulness of God, without which we have no hope of redemption
through His greatest gift, His Son (John 3:16). 

T stands for tradition, the stories and customs associated with Christmas.

M stands for the magi,
or wise men, directed by God to find and worship Christ. We shouldn’t
forget that no one is wealthy enough, powerful enough, or far enough
away that he or she should not bow before Jesus Christ, the King of
kings and Lord of lords (1 Tim. 6:15).

A stands for advent,
a word referring to Christ's coming. Christ came once in Bethlehem — as
an infant who grew to manhood, died for our sins, and rose again the
third day. Christians eagerly look forward to His Second Coming — “the
blessed hope” (Titus 2:13).

S stands for salvation,
made possible by the coming of Christ. The gospel story is so simple we
often forget it, but so profound it affects every individual. We are
all sinners, separated from God, with absolutely no way to reach God
except He reached down to us through His Son. With the coming of
Christmas comes recognition that because He came, He died, and because
He died and lives again, we also may live (Rom. 6:8; 8:11).

Christmas
is not primarily a celebration of human life, although each human life
is valuable; not primarily a celebration of peace and love, although
peace and love are noble. The center and circumference of Christmas
should be the celebration of the birth of our Lord: “I bring you good
news of great joy that will be for all people. Today in the town of
David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord” (Luke 2:10-11).


This meant a lot to me… I hope it will resonate with you as well.


Comments

  1. Bethany says

    Hi Girl!
    I was just thinking about you. For some reason your blog update didn’t come up on my dashboard so I hopped over here anyway. Good thing too!
    Thanks for being so real and authentic with the crazy world of the internet. Your focus is clear and that blesses me to no end. :)
    I hope you find the excitement and joy in the season and are fulfilled in your choices. I can imagine that they are rather hard to stick too. Maybe it’s just me who would love to go buy “one little thing” for my kids at midnight on Christmas Eve. :)
    You are showing a lot of strength in not buying into the cultural Christmas. It is so hollow and meaningless. We have so many little traditions to keep that I love. It build the excitement of Christ’s birth in a real way. Although I’m stuggling because the kids are getting mixed messages. One side of the family is less gift oriented than the other. I hate fighting that battle every. single. year.
    Sorry, this is turning into a book!! :) May the hand of Christ Jesus rest on you during this season as you seek to honor Him.

  2. says

    Thanks for visiting me today Amanda and thank you for sharing the beautiful acronym. I agree with everything you are saying and I think you are teaching your children some beautiful lessons about faith and the true reason for the season!
    I still love Christmas though, because of the happiness, joy and togetherness it brings but I also think we need to take some time each day to think of the countless blessings in our loves and give thanks.
    Blessings and best Christmas wishes, Natasha.

  3. carma says

    I’m going to sound like an old person here (because I am – compared to you) and say “you have a good head on your shoulders”

  4. says

    Great post! My hubby commented a couple of weeks ago that no one decorates with crosses during Christmas. I told him that is because we are celebrating Christ’s birth, not his death, but I could still see his point. Christ’s life should be the center of this holiday.

  5. says

    wow. I can’t imagine not doing the gift thing… well in getting the rest of the family to participate in not buying presents for us and our children. I can just hear my mom now. sigh. All that I could do without. What I’d really like is if we only just bought a few simple gifts for our children and none for the rest of the family etc and they did the same.
    It would make things a lot more simpler and get away from the mad gift fest or greed fest that it can turn into.
    So I am proud for you that you are able to do this. I am sure your spirit will catch up as it gets closer to Christmas and replace those gift things with new traditions.

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