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Christmas Simplified

(picture originally uploaded to Flickr by tonystl)

Recently, Ed Stetzer had an article in SermonCentral.com on not getting caught up in the cluttering of the Christmas. He makes a very good point:

“The very word ‘advent’ essentially means the arrival of something. So, as we celebrate Christmas, we supposedly celebrate the arrival of God into human form. The Incarnation is a moment to savor. All of our presents and lights and parties ought to have a better meaning. But usually, they don’t. So, in a bid to create a more relevant/helpful/meaningful advent season, the church of late has sought to delineate itself from the commercialization of our country’s Christmas culture. Oddly enough, we have done so by simply offering Christianized versions of what they were already doing—Christmas dinners, Christmas plays, Christmas musicals, and Christmas events in every size and shape. But alas, we have done no better than my neighbor. The church has cluttered the advent season with our own set of lawn dĂ©cor.”

Why do we do all that we do at Christmas time? Do we really need all of those things added to an already busy season? We spend so much time talking about the importance of family and parents being the primary faith models in the home, yet we plan more for them to do at a time of year when we are supposed to take a step back and reflect on the gift of Christ to the world.

What do you think about all the church busyness surrounding Christmas? How much of it is necessary? How much of it is simply distracting us from being truly in awe of God’s incarnation as a baby and sharing that story with those around us?

In addition to simplifying our spending of money, why don’t we also simplify our spending of time?

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