Tuesday, December 12, 2006
I Want to be a Who
I just finished watching "How the Grinch Stole Christmas". It is my second favorite Christmas Program (A Charlie Brown Christmas being my favorite). I always get a bit choked up when all the Whos start singing in the end - even though "Christmas" had been bagged by the Grinch. His realization that Christmas doesn't come from a store just warms my heart.
I got to thinking about our situation this Christmas. The Grinch hasn't stolen our Christmas, but "the move" has certainly stolen all the usual trappings. There is no beautifully decorated tree in its usual spot in the living room. There are no decorations throughout the house. There is no wreath hanging on the post of the front porch and no red ribbons and greenery decorating the railing. Our shopping has been very limited. Instead of cookie tins full of dozens of different Christmas cookies out on the sun porch, there are stacks of packed cardboard boxes. The house looks rather stark and cold - with the pictures packed away and my knick-knacks all boxed up.
I am very much a drama queen (more of an inward, imaginative sort of drama queen) - and my feelings tend to hold court when I should be focusing more on faith instead. I love the "feelings" of Christmas. I think I was more disappointed than my children when they had finally outgrown Santa Claus. I loved the excitement and the anticipation of his secret visit. I love the feelings that wash over me at the Christmas Eve candlelight service. The beautiful music of Christmas just gives me goosebumps. So....will the "moving Grinch" steal my Christmas this year?
I don't want him to. I want to be a Who. I want to , by faith, know the real joy and meaning of Christmas. I want this Christmas to come with more brilliance and magic than any Christmas ever has. I want to experience Christmas as the Lord gives it to me - wrapped in the beauty of His presence in my heart and life. I want to give that kind of Christmas too - to unselfishly give of myself in a way that has nothing to do with buying presents or decorating or baking. There is nothing wrong with any of those things - unless they become Christmas.
No - Christmas can't be found in a store. Christmas is, indeed, in our hearts. It comes without fancy wrapping or fanfare - it comes gently and quietly as we accept the precious gift given to us by the Father. It is glorious and eternal. I want to be a Who this Christmas.