But every year, it seems there are more and more bloggers and critics whose picking apart of the holiday have taken the joy out of Christmas for some of us. So this year I want to recognize and say “thank you” to a group of people with a very particular set of skills. These are people who are able to:
- Read “Merry Xmas” and not act as though Jesus has been removed from the holiday
- See a snowy manger scene and not feel the need to correct for historical accuracy
- Hear someone say “Happy Holidays” and not defiantly retort, “No, it’s Merry Christmas!”
- Open a Christmas card with Santa bowing to the baby Jesus without snorting and scoffing
- Not use the religious nature of the holiday to promote an insight they have that challenges some evangelical convention regarding Christmas
- Not use the religious nature of the holiday to promote an insight they have that challenges some progressive deconstruction regarding Christmas
- Enjoy and be transformed by the wonder of a time when we celebrate the astounding reality that God in Christ Jesus has come to us!
May you find joy and wonder in the season of Christmas. May the need to correct and find fault be a burden from which we are delivered by the one who came to show and offer to us, God’s grace. And may this Christmas produce in all of us who will receive it, a childlike love for the baby who came, and the world he came for.