The Christmas commercials are starting to air on television, and I love the jingle-jangle, the bright reds and greens, and the happiness that abounds in them. What can I say? I love Christmas!
But only a few days into this most delightful season, and I realize Santa Claus gets on my nerves.
Call it a case of the Charlie Brown Christmas. I don't know. All I know is there's a Hallmark commercial with Santa opening a mail chute. Out pours tons and tons of letters. On the top is a red envelope. He opens it.
And a child's voice starts saying, "I want..."
I guess that's the problem for me. Santa Claus is all about "I want." Kids learn that this happy man exists only to fulfill their wishes--once a year. Yes, tell Santa what you want.
Christmas, to me, is about saying "thank you, Jesus," not, "I want..."
Knowing we have a magnificent God who loves us and calls us His dear children, who stands by us in every trouble, who cheers our every success, who wipes our tears, gives us courage, who blesses us beyond our wildest imaginations, and, who--get this, sent HIS SON to live a perfect life, die as atonement for our sins, and rise afterward to heaven so we can share eternal life with Him--well, I'll take rejoicing in the real reason for Christmas over a shabby list of wants any day.
The magic genie aspect of Santa Claus bothers me. It's an unwelcome distraction from the natural gratitude so abundant this time of year for Christians.
So there's my Christmas rant. I'm putting on my Christmas CD's and letting my heart blossom with the reason for the season.
Does the self-centeredness of "I want" in secular Christmas messages get on your nerves too? Or am I just being a major Grinch?
Have a fantastic Wednesday!