Bumbles Bounce

It seems to me that almost every Christmas movie or story has one of two common themes.  The first theme has one of the characters forgetting the true meaning of Christmas or losing the Christmas spirit.  Usually, something has happened to him causing him to become jaded, bitter, cynical, selfish, and defensive.  The plot of the story is for the character to rediscover what Christmas is all about.

The second theme is one in which Christmas is in danger of not happening at all.  Either the plot of an evil character, the apathy of the world, or a big snow storm has put Christmas in jeopardy and the world needs someone to save Christmas.  Enter the hero whether it’s a red-nosed reindeer, Cindy Lou Who, or an angel earning his wings.

I was talking with a pastor yesterday and he confessed that he hates Christmas.  For him, Christmas has been 41 years of seeing his family pretend to be something that they’re not and he sees the same hypocrisy in the culture at large.  The materialism, selfishness, and shallowness he sees around him makes Christmas almost unbearable for him.  If it were a movie, he’d be the guy who’s lost the Christmas spirit.  We can probably all relate to my friend to some degree and need to have the true spirit of Christmas joy restored to us.

For some of us, it may seem Christmas is in jeopardy of not happening at all for us this year.  At least not Christmas as we’ve known it or dreamed it to be.  It seems someone has hatched a plot against us and stolen Christmas. He broke in to our our lives and robbed us through divorce, death, strained relationships or financial crisis.  Instead of fullness and joy, Christmas will be an awareness of disappointment, failure, loss, and hopelessness.  We need a hero to show up in our story and save Christmas for us.

The great thing about the true story of Christmas is it’s all about our real hero who has stepped into history to rescue us from our hopelessness, redeem us from our failure, and restore to us the true meaning of life. In this story, he sneeks in to the world through the womb of a unwed Jewish teenage.  He spent his life healing and restoring those broken and wounded by the world and his death and resurrection rescue us from our greatest foes of death and sin.

This Christmas, may we turn to our hero Jesus to rescue us from any disappointment and cynicism and restore to us the joy of Christmas.  May his love and presence so fill our hearts that no matter what our circumstance, this will be the best Christmas ever.



  1. Jay Watts Said:

    Oops. I left my clever response to this post under the Thanksgiving post by mistake. It was not funny enough for me to repost it, though. And that would be trying too hard anyway, SOOOOOO…

    Merry Christmas, Pastor!! Hope to see you again soon and that you and your family have a blessed holiday season.

  2. Jenny Said:

    I’m the person who just wants to go to some desserted island and forget the glitter and gifts. However, I’m fighting my melancholy and trying (once again) to remember what it’s all about. Thanks for the wonderful reminder, and the acknowledgement that there’s more than just me who doesn’t like Christmas (as a holiday).

    I really like the idea that Jesus “sneaked into the world through the womb of an unwed Jewish girl.” Satan was ready to pounce and devour (Revelation 12), but God had a plan. He ALWAYS has a plan. No matter how man messes it up or confuses the celebration of our Savior, he can’t take away the gifts of abundant life and eternal hope Jesus has left with us.

    • Nick Said:

      It seems to me like Christmas is a mostly pagan holiday that has been rebranded with a Christian name. Jeremiah 10:2-4 explicitly discourages cutting down and decorating trees as “the way of the heathen”. Virtually everything about the holiday is non-Christian; yule log, tree decorating, the date (Winter Solstice/birth of the sUn), gift giving, Santa Claus (Sinter Klaus)…the list goes on. It seems like the real reason for Christians to celebrate is the birth of Jesus. Aside from that there is little else, from a Christian perspective anyway. Any well versed Biblical scholar will tell you that Jesus was not born on or around the 25th of December. The best estimate, derived from attempting the line up Biblical references with contemporary events, is September 25th.

      Hope your future holidays are happier ones!

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