My Complaint About Christmas and COVID

My family’s Christmas circa 2010

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I have a complaint about Christmas and here it is:

It’s too busy.

Or — at least — it used to be too busy. Pre-COVID, Christmas was so busy Jesus was buried in a sea of activity. There was a lot of shopping involved. And there were parties to go to and food to prepare. So many places to go and people to see. Errands to run.

So many people to greet and talk to when they arrived at the house on Christmas day. And so many people to talk to and say goodbye to when it was time for them to leave. So many people coming and going. In one sense it was glorious because God has given us so many who love us and want to spend time with us.

But in another sense, it was overwhelming because Jesus, the reason, the person, the one who is the center of Christmas, was pushed out to the periphery.

But this year’s not like that.

This year Christmas is much quieter.

And in that quietness there’s opportunity.

Opportunity to make Jesus the center of Christmas.

So this year, at my small modest Christmas gathering, outside on Gabe’s patio adorned with an array of heating devices, we’re going to pray to him. Read scriptures about him. Maybe even sing to him.

We’re going to celebrate him.

We’re going to celebrate Jesus this Christmas.

I hope you will too.

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  • Specific examples of how Jesus communicated God’s love to others.
  • How Jesus demonstrated all five of Gary Chapman’s love languages (and how you can too).
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  • How to love unlovable people the way Jesus did.
  • How to survive a life of loving like Jesus (or how not to become a Christian doormat).
  • How Jesus didn’t love everyone the same (and why you shouldn’t either).
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