UNWRITER Ron Berry

January 6, 2009

When is Christmas over?

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I do not watch television very often but music is on as much as possible here. My daily playlist has 240 selections, from Apollo 100 to Willie Nelson and everything in between. I like variety. Among all of that are several Christmas songs. It was brought to my attention that that holiday is past. Yep, the ‘day’ is gone but is Christmas ever really over? Let’s think about this for a moment.
Do we want to offer ‘Joy to the World’ only on one day? Granted it was ‘A Holy Night’, but do we only want to remember that once? How many nights are really ‘Silent Nights”? Christmas, the day of giving and receiving material things, is only one day. But the spirit of Christmas, the giving and receiving of spiritual gifts, peace and love, is 365 days, or it should be.

Is your Christmas one day or is it a faith so strong that you want to ‘ Go Tell it on a Mountain’ every day?

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6 Comments »

  1. Since I live in an area that is predominantly Ukrainian, up here in Saskatchewan, I would like to point out that Christmas is actually today, January 6. But to answer your question, I love to celebrate the birth of Christ every day, that’s part of being a Christian.

    Comment by Wyndy — January 6, 2009 @ 9:21 am | Reply

  2. Loved Wyndy’s comment. But every day. I vote for every day.

    Comment by Marvin D Wilson — January 6, 2009 @ 9:45 am | Reply

  3. Well Ron, I love to “Go Tell it on the Mountain” so in that sense it’s every day for me.

    In the commercialized sense where my check book and Visa card and hiding from me for the fear of being squeezed to death and my kids are arguing over who will get to open the first gift…in that sense I am ever grateful it comes but once a year.

    We’ve (well I have) decided to do something different next year. The kids won’t be making lists. It takes the joy and surprise out of opening the gift when they know what they’re getting. We’ll let Santa just decide what they get all on his own. Instead of buying gifts for each other that will be tossed aside no sooner than they are opened, they are going to start “DOING” something for someone else in honor of each other. (you’ve read the story of the white envelope on the tree).

    There you have it. We’ve made a commitment do do random acts of kindness all year (just praying I can get them to some in the house as well).

    Great post, Ron.

    Comment by Katrina Wampler — January 6, 2009 @ 12:26 pm | Reply

  4. Hi,
    I vote for Christmas everyday. It is for some people. If you listen to the words of Joy To The World, you realize that it’s not just a ‘Christmas’ hymn. I’ve sung it in church at Easter. It’s actually a hymn of praise! I agree totally about Oh, Holy Night & Silent Night. They are year round too!

    Comment by Deb Hockenberry — January 6, 2009 @ 3:48 pm | Reply

  5. I believe that Christmas should be in ones heart everyday. I give of myself as much throughout the year as during Christmas. You see you can not out give Christ, for the more you give the more you are blessed. I have been blessed this past year with more than what a flood could take away. It has brought me closer to someone very special in my life. For that I will celebrate the holidays in my heart every day. He may have allowed the flood to take away my home, but allowed love to fill my heart. I pray this for all to experience.

    Angie

    Comment by ahartson53@gmail.com — January 6, 2009 @ 4:40 pm | Reply

  6. Yes, it would be nice if people carried that attitude with them all year round. Some don’t even have it at Christmas time.

    Morgan Mandel
    http://morganmandel.blogspot.com
    http://www.morganmandel.com

    Comment by Morgan Mandel — January 8, 2009 @ 10:23 pm | Reply


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