Today I had the wonderful honour to go see my grandson in his school christmas play, call christmas around the world it was nice to see, but what happened to the nativity play?
Anyway, it got me thinking watching the kids doing there play.. I wonder how many of them will actually question what this time of year is all about, OK its widely known I am not a fan of this time of the year as my kids affectionally call me scrooge and the grinch.
Let me be clear, I am not a fan of the commercial side of xmas, the have to buy gifts for someone either because they brought for you or the worry if you brought enough for them for whatever reason. The getting the family together part is good, very good because we spend so much time working or doing our own thing for the rest of the year we need a break and catch up time with the family.
But, for a minute lets go back to Christmas, the back ground behind it. There is going to be various thoughts about it and look forward to your thoughts.
On the one hand, its a pagan festival dreamed up by someone in years gone by. Banned at some time in the past because of the connection to the pagans, the date was set because it was the time of the year when the days began to get longer at the end of the winter. Or to really push the thought out, the angels appeared to the Shepard when?? Well there is the thought that the sheep had been secured in the penns back down in the village because it was to cold in the mountains that late in the year.
Or it was the birth of a king, that king that was tortured and killed by people that didn’t like the truth (sounds familiar – people still dont like the truth) Jesus asked us to remember his death and never mentioned his birthday. So who are we to go against it?
Whatever you believe, whatever you call it, I wish you all a wonderful family filled time and wish you all a wonderful new year with less struggles and more joy next year.
Stay safe friends and family,