Friday, December 23, 2011
MERRY CHRISTMAS 2011
At one of the "after Christmas" sales last year I happened upon these flat, golden, big, WORDS, Christ is Born, super cheap!! I had no idea what I was going to do with them. They were stored with all the other TONS of Christmas decor in the attic. Well, they survived the 100+ blistering OK summer up there and I re-found them again a few weeks ago.
Honeybuns emptied the attic and garage shelves of Christmas stuff and I started sorting through the bells, balls and baubles of years gone by. Since the kids and grand kids were not coming to Tulsa this year I decided to forgo the usual old time family flavor. (It was hard to bypass the faded, blue construction paper angel WITH Philip's third grade picture attached imitating Gabriel!)
SO....whal-la, the Christ is Born tree was....well...born! There are angels, decorative twigs and several white ceramic ornaments declaring the names of God, "the bridegroom," "the resurrections and the life," "the Door", "the Shepherd." The pagan tree is shouting GLORY!
As much as I absolutely adore the old time Santas, snowmen, and tiny sleighs, THIS reminds me of the purpose of the celebration!
CHRIST TRULY IS BORN! He left his magnificent heavenly home to become one of US, to display the very character and nature of Deity! We celebrate the day that history was split in two, before HIM and after HIM! There is no greater event from eternity past through eternity future. GOD IN THE FLESH! His birth changed EVERYTHING!
He came, lived, died and RETURNED FROM THE DEAD to prove that He really was who He said He was! He returned to heaven with a promise to return again.
CHRIST is CHRISTmas! (And as much as I love my Jewish, Muslim and atheist friends, HE will always be!)
The event thousands of years ago has changed me.....and millions just like me! IMMANUEL, God with ME!
I'm thinking about leaving this tree up all year long!