Sometime soon after Thanksgiving this year, very soon, Jennie asked about getting a Christmas Tree. I’m like “what” …already! She responds in a sweet-voiced puppy dog eyed type of way and say’s, “But this may be the last time we get to cut down a tree with our family in a long time. I doubt we will get a chance to do it in Honduras. I want to get it early this year.”
To make a long story short, two days later we are all standing around the Christmas tree in the living room decorating it while listening to Christmas music and drinking egg nog.
Now to the present. We have had our tree for two weeks and it is not looking to good. I’m not sure, but I think there may be more needles under our tree than on it. Whenever one of my kids grabs for a candy cane, which is an hourly event, it rains pine needles. Our angel up top is also starting to sag. I think before long we will have a tree that resembles the one in the above cartoon.
While I enjoy all of the nostalgia of Christmas, I sure am glad that it’s meaning doesn’t revolve around a glass of eggnog or the perfect tree. Because if it did, our family would be in rough shape this year as our tree is shedding quicker than a dog in the summer heat. And while we may never get the chance to cut down a Christmas tree again, I don’t know? I sure am glad that the real meaning of Christmas will go with us wherever we go.
If you have never seen “A Charlie Brown’s Christmas,” you need to see it. The movie portrays poor old Charlie brown searching for the true meaning of Christmas. and if you noticed, he didn’t have a very nice tree either. I want to close with the portion of the movie when Charlie finally finds out the true meaning of Christmas.
Charlie Brown: (shouting in desperation) Isn’t there anyone out there who can tell me what Christmas is all about?
Linus Van Pelt: Sure, Charlie Brown, I can tell you. Lights, please. [a spotlight shines on Linus]
Linus Van Pelt: “And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the fields, keeping watch over their flocks by night. And lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the lord shone round about them, and they were so afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not, for behold, I bring unto you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you this day is born in the City of Bethlehem, a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; you shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel, a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God, and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on Earth peace, good will toward men'”. That’s what Christmas is all about, Charlie brown.
So maybe I was wrong? Maybe I have nothing on Charlie Brown?…Have a Merry Jesus Filled Christmas!