Growing up I don’t remember being that much concerned about having a white Christmas. In fact snow on Christmas only meant Santa would have an easier time gliding to a smooth landing. In my adult years snow on Christmas just meant a tougher commute to family and friends during the holidays. Still I hear stirrings of people wishing for snow because they want a white Christmas. Personally I don’t understand the appeal of the white stuff but if you’re a snow buff I hope you get your white Christmas.
One of my favorite aspects of this time of year are the Christmas carols. Not the one like Jingle Bells or Rudolph but carols like “O Holy Night.” “Joy to the World,” “Silent Night,” among many. These carols point us in the direction of the true why of Christmas and not the commercial why of Christmas. In that light this message is brief so you can up some carols and get in the mood for Christmas.
Growing up I used to love the winter because it meant we might have a white Christmas. Now snow is just one more thing I have to clean up and shovel. Another fond memory from my childhood was building a showman. Next to my childhood home was a big field which provided plenty of snow in order for my friends and I to try and build the biggest snowman around. Many times we succeeded, but a few times we didn’t. The fun was in trying. After our toil we would sit or lay around enjoying our fruit of our labor.
My snowman making days are far behind me but the thrill of creating is still alive and well. There is something about seeing the fruit of what God does through the talent He has given me. There are times however some creations don’t turn out the way I expected but I now in the end since God was involved I can look back and enjoy.
I often use random drawing prompts in order to pick something to draw. the prompt for today was…angel. The drawing part of these prompts is easy but coming up wit a message…well…lets just say…that is more difficult. Well the subject of angels and the season got me to thinking. Did the angels weep out of sadness or for joy on the night Jesus was born.
I mean after all Isaiah records in versus 33:7, “Behold, their heroes cry in the streets; the envoys of peace weep bitterly…” According to some Bible commentaries I have read the envoys of peace mentioned in the verse are angels. The angels wept bitterly over the state of the city of Jerusalem. So though the Bible doesn’t mention I’ve often wondered of the tears which may have been shed during the birth of Jesus.
Ever since I can remember my home has been decorated with lights and has had a Christmas tree. The origin of the Christmas tree as it now stands is tied in part to some Non-Christian traditions and has gone through many incarnations over the years. If you would like to read more about those traditions in order to make up your own mind about the Christmas tree check out this article on History.com. While the Christmas tree may be to some not a true representation of the spirit of this season and the birth of Jesus it is still a part of many a Christian’s home.
This is the time of year when a lot of people suffer from the Winter Blues or as it is more commonly known, seasonal affective disorder. There are a number of ways to fight the winter blues all you need to do is search the web or ask you doctor. I only bring up this disorder because as the days grow shorter and the temperature drop many people don’t even realize why they are feeling sadder or blue. I know each year I find myself feeling a little cabin fever because I love to be outside moving around. I fight the winter blues by trying to delver more into my art and keep myself buys. I also pray God will lead me through the winter season. So if you’re suffering the blues make sure you deal with it as sson as possible.
It is that time of the year again when all you hear on the radio is Christmas music. One of my favorite songs is John Lennon’s “And So This is Christmas”:
“So this is Christmas
And what have you done
Another year over
And a new one just begun…”
This song is a reminder to me that Christmas is not all about us but about giving to others. God gave us His Son in order to not only offer us a way into Heaven but also is a reminder that it is more important to give. The picture I drew is of two children who see the trappings of Christmas all around but may never no the joy of the season. We all have so much which means we all have the opportunity to share with others. Think about it.