Dear December 25th,
You’re here!!! I’ve been reading tweets about Christmas music and hearing it in Branson, the mecca of Christmas, for two months. Today I will write through all our favorite Christmas songs!
As they say, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year!’ I’d like to begin this letter by wishing all my readers to “Have [Themselves] a Merry Little Christmas!’ It doesn’t look like we’ll be walking in a “Winter Wonderland’ here in Oklahoma this year, but after last year when they “Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow’ all the way to a blizzard, I’m ok with this!
Santa, “Frosty the Snowman’ and “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer’ have all become staple figures during Christmas time. All these guys have sure done well making you even more fun! We dream of “Santa Claus Coming to Town,’ pray we never see “Momma Kissing Santa Claus’ and long to hear “Jingle Bells.’ We sing about “Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire’ and “Deck[ing] the Halls’…does anyone know what either of these really mean?! Regardless, we sing!
In the midst of you, it’s sure easy to forget the true reason we celebrate. Long ago in “O Little Town of Bethlehem,’ a baby was born. Not just any baby, or “Santa Baby,’ but the one that would change everything. The people cried out, “O Come, O Come Emmanuel,’ as they longed for the Messiah to come be with them. Oh and He did!!! “Mary Did You Know?,’ you would birth the Savior of the world? Jesus: Emmanuel, which means God with us. On what was likely not a “Silent Night,’ Jesus became a man in the form of a baby. Emmanuel, God with us.
Had the true Christmas story never happened and Jesus never come to earth as a man, His death and resurrection would never have happened either. Because He came to earth, He was able to take my place on the cross in a death I deserved. I’m the sinner He came to save as are you. Much like the magi, the only reasonable response on our part is to fall on our faces in worship, give Him everything and trust in Him as our Savior. Today we celebrate the birth of a Savior, the One who brings ALL the “Joy to the World!’
“Wish[ing] YOU a Merry Christmas!’
Rester in the fact that Jesus is Lord, Savior and Emmanuel…He is with me (and you!)