Thursday, 17 November 2011
Through the Choas and the Noise...
I LOVE Christmas, I think.
Every year I get really excited for the first snow, Christmas music, decorating the house, spending time with family, giving and receiving presents, yummy treats, and so much more. But, at the same time, EVERY year I get frustrated again and again.
A gift for this, a gift for that, money money money, VISA card running high, family expectations, rush and busyness of stores, adds promoting Christmas greediness, etc. etc. The holiday I love and cherish gets me on a roller coaster love/hate relationship every year.
I honestly go through ups and downs every year feeling really excited and happy one day then bitter and angry the next. Why has Christmas become like this? I'm sure many of you feel the same way. Our culture and society has turned a beautiful holiday into a stressful greedy unnecessary insanity every year. For me, it's often turned giving a gift from a joy to an obligation, and turned the joy of spending time with family to an insane rush to 'fit everyone in'. Not only that, the agony of 'paying off the VISA' after the Christmas rush is a real heartache.
In all this craziness, the lyrics of this song really hit home...
"I need a silent night, a holy night.
To hear an angel voice, through the chaos and the noise.
I need silent night, a holy night.
To end this crazy day, with a silent night."
-Amy Grant "I Need a Silent Night"
I'm glad I'm reminded of this early this year...as this insanity is just beginning. The craziness and stress of Christmas is NOT what Christmas is actually about or what it should continually feel like. Instead.... listen carefully because there is NOTHING I vent about that is more important than this right here....
Christmas is a celebration of my new life, the new life I have received through the life of Jesus Christ. Because of his life, and because of HIS entry into our world, I no longer need to feel the burden of 'life' anymore...I get to live HIS instead!!
What a relief!
Now THAT is the kind of 'peace on earth' and 'joy to the world' I want to be celebrating this Christmas!!
Bring it on... it's Christmas time!!!