I want a good old-fashioned Christmas.
After Thanksgiving, on BlackFriday, I watched numerous old Christmas episodes on a network that airs old television programs. They were mostly in black and white. I love all those old episodes. I even watched a couple of Christmas episodes of Lassie.
It was a gray, ol’ cold day that should have been spitting snowflakes. Which contributed to my wistful Christmas mood. However, the more I watched, the more nostalgic I became. Desiring that good, old-fashioned Christmas feeling.
Where did that feeling go? Does adulthood have to gobble up that feeling? Someone please lead me back to that road of the slower-paced day, when there was time to savor every moment of the season. When giving was a joy. Not a chore.
Today, King Greenback reigns and has shoved Jesus’ birthday into a cash register. Though many still strive to keep Jesus as the “reason for the season.”
Times have surely changed. There was an era when time held more anticipation. A time to enjoy it all. A time for goodwill to others.
Unfortunately, memories of Christmas for some hold nothing but strife and disappointment. It’s easy to get discouraged during this season. Job loss. Death of a loved one. Needing more cash. Fights. Or desiring a Pinterest perfect house.
Wanna dream with me? Imagine this…
Ahhh! Sweet thoughts. But not too many experience this.
Maybe your Christmas won’t be a Pinterest perfect picture. And neither will mine. But you know what? If you don’t enjoy where you are…
On one of the M*A*S*H Christmas episodes called “Dear Sis,” the gang is all depressed and sitting around Colonel Potter’s desk.
Potter says to them, “Look, folks. I spent 18 Christmases away from Mildred. Some of them up to my hips in mud. It took me 15 of them to realize that I was making myself miserable because I wanted to be some place else. If you ain’t where you are, you’re no place.”
Yes, I know. Some of you are in a miserable place right now, and I pray the Lord touches your situation. But what is in your heart? Are you where you are, or wanting to be some place else? Or wishing for your surroundings or situation to be picture perfect?
I may not be enjoying a Pinterest perfect Christmas, but that good old-fashioned Christmas is where I am. In my heart. As I choose to praise the Lord and be thankful. And sharing it.
From our house to your house…may your heart and hearth be filled with Joy!