Have you noticed that there are small, medium, and large holidays?
A small one is St. Patrick’s Day. You can buy and share cards and small gifts, and there’s the corned beef and cabbage angle. Shops and stores don’t close down.
A medium-sized holiday, Easter, in a secular state we’re told only to buy colored candy. We gather as a family and always remember to mention the Easter Bunny. Stores and banks are closed, and we may even get an extra day off at work.
Then comes the biggest holiday of all, Christmas. Stores and shops start weeks ahead of time putting out Christmas cards, bows and wrapping. Then comes traditional Christmas tunes coming forth from every store.
When we get close to Dec. 25, store hours get longer and longer. We’re invited to appear at their stores at 5 a.m. and meet long lines of greedy people who are willing to push and shove to get items first.
At this time, we get Frosty the Snowman and other Christmas jingles on the TV. In the last days, we wrap the Christmas presents and get all of our cards ready to send. We go around and say “Merry Christmas” or “Season’s Greetings.”
Then there are kooky groups warning us not to say “Christmas” or have a decorated tree because it’s so controversial this Christmas. In our haste, we ignore those people because we’re so busy with personal stuff.
When Christmas Day comes, we meet it head on and follow our plans.
Christmas celebrations become just one big crazy encounter, unless we remember the simple journey of Joseph and Mary to Bethlehem for the birth of the savior, Jesus Christ.
Happy birthday, Jesus. We will keep you in our hearts forever and remember why you came. God bless you all.