Keeping Christmas

27 Dec

“I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.”  ~ Charles Dickens

Ebenezer Scrooge had what could be called a horrendous night as the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future visited him. What was revealed to him brought him to his knees and filled him with dread and fear. He saw how he had lost the way earlier in his life and had become the greedy, friendless miser avoided by all.

After his three visitations, he woke up safe and sound. He realized that the three spirits showed him what they did so that he could make a decision about what would be. Would he die a pitiful death despised by all or would he change his ways and show love to the world? He chose the latter. He promised to honor Christmas in his heart and to keep it all year long.

We celebrated Christmas two days ago. Are you still keeping it or have you put it away already? I know several people who take down their Christmas trees on Christmas evening. They take all the decorations down from their homes and put them away until next year.

We should not close the door on Christmas. Instead, we should “light the hearth” and celebrate Christ’s birth yet again. We are in the Octave of Christmas. The Church celebrates Christmas for eight days straight just as it celebrates Easter for eight days straight.

Don’t be eager to put Christmas away. The world would want us to do so but the Lord would rather that we sit in His presence and enjoy the gift of His birth.

FAITH ACTION Find a way to celebrate Christmas today either by yourself or with family and friends.