...yep, you read it right. Blah. That's where my Christmas spirit is at the moment.
I have to ask myself if the commercialism has finally gotten to me. You know what I'm talking about. The overcrowded stores, the grouchy, rude people, the greedy retailers who can't even manage to keep Christ in Christmas. Sound familiar? I'm really not a negative person (okay...well maybe sometimes, but not usually over Christmas), however, it is taking a heap 'o' effort to get me in the spirit.
I really don't think it has anything to do with the commercialism or even the gluttonous retailers. As a matter of fact, the Mad Monk pointed out something really interesting to me the other night. We ran into Target (you know, the store we're all supposed to be boycotting for not using the word Christmas) to grab a few things. It was one of those rare moments we were alone and I was muttering under my breath how I was supposed to be boycotting this store. He looked at me and said he was glad they had quit using the word Christmas and he had no problem shopping there. You can imagine the look of horror upon my face. What? Does this man believe the doctorines of Grace? Okay, not really...I'm exaggerating a little, but I was a little shocked. He explained to me that if I expected the world to keep Christ in anything that I was only fooling myself. It was just that....THE WORLD. He felt that the name of Christ had been blasphemed enough and was glad it had been removed.
I'm hoping he will blog on this himself because he explained it much more eloquently than I ever will. At any rate, after I chewed on it for awhile I have to say I agree. So, I ask myself if this is why I'm being blah. Afterall, all this boycott jive could cause one to be blah. But alas, no.
It, my friends, is a loss of innocence.
They (the world) have forgotten that a young, simple girl gave birth to the King of Kings in a lowly manger. Plain and simple. No glittering lights, no fanfare, no glaring cameras. Just a stall with some animals. The picture of innocence.
In a sense, perhaps I have forgotten too. It is easy to get caught up in keeping up. We don't have lavish Christmases, however, we do decorate for the season and buy our children and each other some gifts. But spending our time focusing on these things, temporal things at that, is enough to make anyone blah. I don't need a beautiful Christmas tree. I need to focus on Christ. I don't need to bake everyone I know a dozen cookies. I need to Glorify God. He is all I need...plain and simple.
Luk 2:11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.