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Why I like Christmas

Those that know me know I am not one for Christmas. It’s not that I don’t think it is important to remember Jesus and his birth, I do. It’s not the friends and feasts, and cozy warmness. I do enjoy those things and feel they are important. It’s not the Christmas décor, though to be honest it does sometimes feel like seasonal clutter. It’s not even the tear-jerking stories that you know will have a happy ending just like the other one we just read, yet we are moved to tears anyways. It is not the songs and gifts, God knows I can’t sing (and unfortunately a few others too), and while I enjoy getting things, I just have a hard time getting them from others, though I am glad for the gesture, even if it is the tenth bottle of aftershave.

Christmas to me is about others, I have a hard time with all of these things but if it makes others happy lets do it, hell, we can even redecorate the tree twice if you want, just don’t decorate my desk, I want you to have it. I don’t want to get into sappy stories that make you cry, but suffice it to say that I like what Christmas does for others, I’ve seen it’s magic at work. I’ve even had the honor to play a part, be it talking to wandering travelers in Asia hundreds of miles away from their homes, dancing with AIDs patients for what would be most of their last, or dressed up as Santa visiting foster families, driving hours in an unheated bus to bring some poor kid a used toy, that to me is Christmas. Millions of people doing what little they can for a few others, thousands of “Santa’s and reindeer” flooding the lives of others in whatever way we can with gifts of all kinds, but the greatest of gifts is what we get back, a heart of happiness.

The other day I went to a show my home did for an orphanage; unlike many other Eastern European countries Croatia has a pretty high standard with these and many of them get lots of private funding as well. It is not so much the items, gifts or used clothes that they need but friendship and things to do so we went to do a Christmas play for them. I am not part of the acting team but went along to take pictures. I was standing in the back of the room before the show and this little guy, probably only three or four walked in and gave one of the other kids a hug, I thought sweet he has a buddy, then he came directly at me and give me a hug, I think he only got about one leg and some of my jacket. I patted his head and he went off and gave the teens in the back of the room hugs too, I was floored, what a sweet kid, he does not even have a family yet he has a great heart.

Okay, that was a sappy story, but it really happened and stood out as a Christmas highlight for me so far this season. Also some of you who follow this blog might remember that early this year I commented on “Room For Love” song, well, someone in my home read it and this year we have it in Croatian. They have been doing it in their shows in schools, jails, and other events reaching many with the message of Christmas. Anyone else translate it in their language? I had forgotten about this and was surprised as a I went to a big event and they started singing it, I’m sure it is reaching many people.

So who says I don’t like Christmas? humbug! I just won’t sing “I like to be a Christmas tree, with lots of shiny lights on me”, because that would be dishonest. But I will sing “I’ll shine my light (most probably in the way of a cheesy smile or camera flash) so bright above, and tell them of Jesus’ love”.

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  1. December 23, 2007 at 4:11 pm

    Nice Post, Jayman. Its nice to have you back. Merry Christmas…

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