Can’t We Have Christmas Now?

 

A couple of weeks ago I was in WalMart searching for a cannister of sugarless lemonade mix–their own brand–quite tasty, and a dollar or so cheaper than Crystallite. I knew I was looking in the place where it usually is, but couldn’t locate it, so finally I asked a clerk.

“Oh, it’s up front. Halloween stuff moves in tomorrow.” And now, couple weeks later, store shelves are bulging with friendly ghosts, ugly monsters and trick or treat buckets. And pressing right in there to claim a spot among the fall doings are ruffled-tailed Thanksgiving turkeys, cardboard pilgrims, and Be Thankful notices.

So, I’ve grabbed a fist full of courage, and I’m plunging right ahead this morning…to call for Christmas. Oh, I’m not wanting you to trudge steep stairs to your dusty attic for the carefully boxed ornaments, nor am I asking that you drag out the plastic tree leaning in the far garage corner. Don’t dig out holiday CDs, your authentic flashing Bethlehem star, or Rudolph. No, the part of Christmas I’m calling for in these early days of October is its spirit, its distinct joyful addition to the year–the Spirit of Christmas. The spirit that softens hardened old people, that fingers the hearts of Scrooges around the world, that fastens a thin glitter onto weary eyes, that sparks hope where only before had been the fading grey embers of the disillusioned.

Remember the Christmas Spirit? Seen it around lately? Felt its warm surge in your chest? Recently noticed its tingling excitement or addictive euphoria?

Ah, the Christmas Spirit–that distillation of good will that says aloud Merry Christmas to a stranger in the mall, that grins the mouth, that invades the fire department where turkeys and gifts are gathered and carried on the quiet to the Projects and to the shanties at the corner of the wrong side of town. That writes large checks, and bakes cookies for the neighbors, and transforms our world for a day or a week, so that peace and generosity are exceedingly more than words stamped on a paper page or etched onto an electronic screen. The Christmas Spirit…that animated magical time when a bathrobe on a boy produces a startled shepherd and glitter sprinkled on a paper wing yields an angelic messenger.

The Christmas Spirit…that time when around the world the Bible is opened, and rising to the heavens is heard in many languages, nuances, and tones the beautiful words of Luke as he writes in chapter 2.

“…And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn…and the angel said unto them, Fear not; for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people…for unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord…and suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising god, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.”

Can’t we have Christmas now?

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About Shirley Buxton

Still full of life and ready to be on the move, Shirley at 78 years old feels blessed to have lots of energy and to be full of optimism. She has been married to Jerry for 60 years. They have 4 children, 12 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren...all beautiful and highly intelligent--of course. :)
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10 Responses to Can’t We Have Christmas Now?

  1. Daniel says:

    Shirley I can honestly say that the only thing I like about halloween is that Christmas is right around the corner. Merry Christmas LOL.

    Daniel http://www.apostolicmessenger.wordpress.com

  2. Shirley says:

    How about the candy, Daniel? 🙂

  3. arm5 says:

    I never have really cared for Halloween by far Christmas is my favorite time of the year besides in my opinion you some of the best candy at Christmas

  4. Shirley says:

    Arm5. I’m with you. Christmas is absolutely my favorite time of the year. I love everything about it–even the hustle and bustle.

  5. Leonard O says:

    God Bless you Shirley, and thanks for dropping by to CollegeApologists.com

    May we share and acknowledge eachother in our prayers.

  6. Shirley says:

    Hello, Leonard. Welcome to my blog. Hope you visit often, and certainly let us pray for the other.

  7. helenl says:

    I’m sure I’ve said this before; I love fall. Fall is the season that culminates itself in Christmas. Fall begins as soon as the first whiff of coolness enters the air. Fall is the Holiday Season. Why deny it? But it’s also new school clothes and shoes, pumpkins, dried corn and CANDY.

    Halloween is about fun: candy, costumes, caramel apples. Why ask questions the children never do? Then Thanksgiving. Sadly, this holiday gets lost in the Christmas rush and I think Halloween will be next. It shouldn’t. Why does it have to be either/or? Shirley’s idea of welcoming the Christmas Spirit now would eliminate that. Why be mad because WalMart is full of decorations in October?

    Why be mad at all? Madness is not of God and has nothing to do with the Christmas Spirit. Why not decorate (for Christmas) before Thanksgiving and give Thanksgiving it’s rightful place in this season of holidays.

    The fall’s climax is Christmas. Not only is this a Christian holiday: the celebration of the coming to earth of the Son of God—sent to die so that reconciliation and salvation are possible—but it has also become a huge part of our cultural heritage. It is bad that non-Christians celebrate Christmas? Why? Didn’t God sent His Son to save both “Jew and Gentile”? Okay, so Christmas is the climax, and post Christmas the dénouement.

    The Christmas season is my favorite time of year, but what follows can be icy. So how do we stretch the Christmas Spirit beyond December 25? Well, New Year’s celebrations are a given. But what about Twelfth Night—Epiphany to Catholics and Protestants—which is also the Eastern Orthodox Christmas? Why not keep the decorations up until after that?

    So how is fall not the Holiday Season? How can Christmas come too early? Certainly not in spirit. Bah Humbug.

    [Posted also as an entry on my blog.]

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  9. Shirley says:

    Good morning, Helen.

    I consider fall a wonderful season also. Here in Lake Havasu, the temperatures have dropped, on my outside table I have a beautiful yellow Mum plant and a pepper plant–a pepper plant which used to be full and pretty, but which has been nibbled on by some brave animal and is scrawny now. There aren’t many deciduous trees around, so I miss seeing the autumn display of falling scarlet and gold leaves. But there are a few brown ones here and there.

    Christmas and its spirit? You know how I feel about that. Glad we share that joy.

  10. Scotti says:

    Hi Shirley,

    Oh, how I long for the Christmas spirit! Can’t we have it all year round? Here are some Christmas poems for you:

    http://scotti.wordpress.com/2007/03/12/immanuel/
    http://scotti.wordpress.com/2007/01/10/babe-of-bethlehem/

    Blessings,
    Scotti

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