By - December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas!

Christmas brings back many good memories and they all involve family and as I prepare to Go over the Platte River and thru the….ah, there aren’t many trees in Nebraska, oh well….to Grandmothers House I Go.  It is during this time I reflect on Christmas and the many ways the holiday is received.

My wife recounted a story from her 10 year old son, Seth, who had recently had a question placed to his CCD (religious education) class. The class was asked, “What does Christmas mean to you?”  Most of the answers were what anybody would expect…presents, candy and Santa Claus.  Seth, in his mature beyond 10 years of age manner, spoke up to correct everyone…”Christmas is not about presents; it’s about the birth of Jesus”.

Many of us complain about the commercialization of Christmas and about how early the not so subliminal message start to hit the children.  I find, with Seth’s story, that maybe all the commercialization and fighting over whether one store or another doesn’t recognize Christ or Christmas is taking us beyond what is important.  Most children fall prey to all the commercials and toys, which overshadow the meaning of Christmas for those children, but perhaps if we, the adults put Christmas in proper perspective, we might find the outside influences less compelling.

Children learn from the actions taken by their parents and adult peers during the Advent season.  We are stressing over gifts for one person or another, fretting over the many delicacies that we will make for the many parties we will attend.  Christmas becomes a “chore” for the adults.  This is the legacy of Christmas we leave for our children, a legacy that places a great amount of importance on gifts and parties.  This is the driving force behind the merchants and their ad pushes.

Seth and his siblings will get gifts for Christmas and there will be plenty of good food at the family gatherings, but his mother puts Jesus first and that is where Seth learned the real meaning of Christmas.  My wife does not lose hair or sleep over gifts or parties and that makes for a loving calm Christmas.

Christmas is about the birth of Jesus, the Son of God, God is Love and that love is poured forth through his people.  One way to show that love is to give gifts and we do it from love.  God is Peace and we should share this peace among our friends and family.

The Red State Report wishes all our readers peace, love, and a Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah to our Jewish friends.

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