Not "Excited" About Christmas

In the same way, let your light shine before men,
that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.
Matthew 5:16

It’s that time of year again. 
People are getting excited. 
I am happy for them and a bit curious, as well. 
You see, I don’t get as excited as I used to about Christmas
But, don’t let that fool you into thinking, I am any less 
in awe of Christ than the next guy. 
Or girl,
 as the case may be. 
So much of what I see people defining as “Christmas Spirit”, 
really after all is 
 just common sense Christianity… 
tidings of comfort and joy, good will towards men. 
God Bless us all, everyone! 
No, I am not the Grinch. 
I believe in celebrating Christmas every day, by the way I live, 
and bow my knee to that baby in a manger, 
not just once a year, but every morning when I awaken. 
I believe in celebrating my Jesus by the way I proclaim His name, 
not because I am worthy but because He IS worthy 
and I am not ashamed to claim I belong to Him. 
I celebrate the birth of the one who came in humility. 
Who humbled Himself to a womb. 
And a woman. 
Who accepted a lowly estate for the joy that would come-
 through a manger and a tree. 
I am in awe of this Prince who would be God’s victory over 
sin and death
once and for all. 
In a plan that stirs the heavens and causes controversies to this day!
Christ. 
The King.
The Baby.
Messiah.
Son.
Bright Morning Star.
Redeemer.
Savior.
Emmanuel.
It’s not that I am not excited about Christmas, you see. 
I just don’t get excited as I used to, 
about the “Christmas”
that commands, contends and seeks to befriend me.
With glitz, dazzle and much,
Happy Holidays and such.
I prefer to stay close to the One who defends me.
Who promises He is as close 
as my breath and touch.
So when I say that I am not so excited about Christmas, 
I hope you understand, 
it’s not that I don’t rejoice in the child and the man,
It’s because I rejoice most of all in God’s Almighty Plan!
PS. 
I really am excited for Christmas!
I will extol the LORD at all times; 
   his praise will always be on my lips. 
I will glory in the LORD; 
   let the afflicted hear and rejoice. 
Glorify the LORD with me; 
   let us exalt his name together.
Psalm 34:1-3

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