… and why I really don’t like it. in fact, i dislike it so much i decided to change my radio station in the car from christian rock (which is what it has been for the few years) back to hip hop music for a bit just to get away from the station i’d been listening to because it started playing christmas music before thanksgiving even happened ugh >.< the funny thing was, at that time, they even played a song that was specifically about NOT putting up christmas decorations or singing songs until after thanksgiving was over. talk about ironic. just looked it up and apparently that song’s called “The Day After Thanksgiving,” by Brandon Heath. I already liked him for a couple of his songs, including “Give Me Your Eyes”, which I choreographed a part of our set to for our med school talent show 2 years ago, but now I like him even more haha. Anyways.
I never really understood why people liked Christmas music so much. Or even the “holiday season” that much. I don’t know why I never really got into either of those – possibly because it just seemed all fake joy and cheer or because I thought it was too commercialized/was not a very materialistic person since my family was never big on stuff like that, so it never was that interesting to me.
Also random thought – do people in the southern hemisphere celebrate Christmas at the same time we do? If so, is it weird for them to see Christmas depicted as happening in snow and winter (since they have opposite seasons)? Or do they celebrate during their winter, if they celebrate it at all? Would we find it weird to celebrate Christmas in the summer with shorts and picnics instead of hot chocolate and sleigh bells? (or, you know, umbrellas, if in norcal).
Anyway, I was thinking about my aversion and general blah-feeling to all things Christmas-y again this morning, and realized that wasn’t a good mindset to be in as a Christian, since the whole point of the holiday is to celebrate the birth of our savior. That should be something to be excited for, right? But I still wasn’t feeling it, so this morning, while still in bed, and again after worship team rehearsal, I prayed that God would change my heart about this whole thing.
I’ll be honest and say that through most of the sermon today, my mind was wandering, partly because we were talking a bit about the difficult concept of Jesus being the Word and such (one cool revelation – Jesus was the Word and so through him all was created, for God spoke, and things were! Interesting concept), but also because I’d just realized in the middle that I forgot to check my cells yesterday and they’re probably way overconfluent and need to be split… and wondering if they would still retain properties if they were split after that, and/or what plates I wanted to use, etc etc… (bad me hah. >.<) But, this passage was in the notes, and it made me feel a little better about my attitude towards Christmas, especially in light of recent events, but also simultaneously presented me with a reminder about what the season is about. So thanks, God.
“For many, Christianity is just a beautiful dream. It’s a world in which everyday reality goes a bit blurred. It’s nostalgic, cozy, and comforting. But real Christianity isn’t like that at all. Take Christmas, for instance: a season of nostalgia, of carols and candles and firelight and happy children. But that misses the point completely. Christmas is not a reminder that the world is really quite a nice old place. It reminds us that the world is a shockingly bad old place, where wickedness flourishes unchecked, where children are murdered, where civilized countries make a lot of money by selling weapons to uncivilized ones so they can blow each other apart. Christmas is God lighting a candle; and you don’t light a candle in a room that’s already full of sunlight. You light a candle in a room that’s so murky that the candle, when lit, reveals just how bad things really are. The light shines in the darkness, says St. John, and the darkness has not overcome it.” -NT Wright
Referencing part of our passage today: John 1:5 – “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it”.