In the Christmas Classic, “A Charlie Brown Christmas”, the main character, Charlie, is having a tough time figuring out what Christmas is all about.
He gets very little help from his trusty dog, Snoopy, who finds a “Super-Colossal Lights and Decorating Contest’ to enter. Snoopy wants to win “money, money, money”, and who can blame him?
Wouldn’t it be easier to ‘celebrate Christmas’ and give the gifts we want to the people we want if we had more…”Money, money, money”?
Charlie knows instinctively, though: THAT is NOT what ‘Christmas is all about’!
He laments, “My own dog, gone commercial!”
A Charlie Brown Christmas was produced in 1966. I wonder what Charlie would think about how we’ve handled it ever since.
It used to be that we at least waited until Thanksgiving was over to blanket the stores, malls, and radiowaves with Christmas decor. Not any more!
Literally the day after Halloween stores were putting out their Christmas decorations. Radio stations began playing ‘All Christmas, All-the-Time’ music very soon after that. ‘Black Friday’ specials now start the week before Thanksgiving and this year, many stores have decided to open on Thanksgiving Day!
We are clearly a very ‘commercialized’ culture, and Christmas is no exception!
So how are we, as Christians, to push back from this and avoid ‘going commercial’, like Snoopy?
One thing’s for sure…if we passively let ourselves get caught up in it, we’re toast!
We simply MUST make a priority decision to do it differently. We MUST take time daily this season to make sure we’re investing ourselves in our worship of Christ, and in preparing our hearts to welcome Him in every way.
This season, I invite you to make these Devotional readings, discussions, and prayers part of your daily preparation. Prepare your hearts and minds. Ask God to help you appreciate Him anew.
Remember what this is about: Worship!
“When they saw the star, they were filled with joy! They entered the house and saw the child with his mother, Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasure chests and gave him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.” (Matthew 2:10-11)