by Meg@bluffparkbaptist.org | Thursday, November 24, 2016
In Pigeon Forge, Tennessee there is a hotel called The Inn at Christmas Place. Every room is decorated for Christmas every day of the year. It is located across the street from a store that sells nothing but Christmas items year round and it stays busy. It seems that no matter when the “Christmas season” (Which evidently begins in mid-October now) Christmas is always on our minds.
While I often bemoan that fact I want you to understand that it is the length of the secular aspect of Christmas that I dislike. Santa Clause riding into the mall on November 1? Really? I can’t eat my turkey without “Jingle Bells” playing in the background?
But the religious aspect….the true meaning of Christmas? Yes…we should celebrate that year round. Not by decorating our homes with nativity scenes, of course, but by recalling what that wonderful, miraculous virgin birth means to the world: Emmanuel. God with us. God interjected Himself into human history by becoming flesh and walking among His creation. Everything changed that day.
“Joy To The World”, “Away In A Manger”, “Angels We Have Heard On High”, and so many others are not just “Christmas season” song, but year round praises and acknowledgement of God Salvation. Even if the jolly old fat man doesn’t pay you a visit on Christmas Eve we celebrate a tiny baby who came to see us so long ago. Merry Christmas, everyone. Jesus Saves!
Say good things about your Savior and about His church in Bluff Park.