All I Want for Christmas
- Written by Lon Lorton Lon Lorton
“So let no one judge you in food or in drink, or regarding a festival or a new moon or sabbaths, which are a shadow of things to come, but the substance is of Christ.” Colossians 2:16-17
I don’t know that I’ve always understood, let alone believed, the “promise of Christmas.” But there has always been something special to me about this time of year, going back to my earliest memories of childhood.
What is it that we love about Christmas, especially once we get past all the initial trappings? For me, I think it’s the sense of wonder, beauty, and anticipation. It’s the music, the look of surprise on a child’s face, and the amazing food. It’s being in the companionship of family and good friends and church folks. It’s also the absence, if only for a day, of meanness that is typically on display out there.
Back to the promise - how often does Christmas really deliver on its promises? A little bit here and there, but by and large, it ends up being the endless litany of numbing advertisements. It is the friction and pressure that comes when we feel obligated to buy all the “stuff” and send out a hundred personalized cards, and when we count on Amazon to deliver overnight because we were late ordering. You get it. I sure do. It is the expectations of the season put on us by others and ourselves. And because of the real pressures of the season, our priorities go haywire.