It looks as though it is over for another year. The hustle and the bustle, the hub and the bub and everything else that we associate with the Christmas season. When I was an active pastor, both Christmas and Easter were both my favourite and least favourite times of the year. This was because of all the extra “stuff” that went along with the preparations for both seasons. Because of the busyness of the season, we may find ourselves breathing a sigh of relief that it is over for another year. Now the only thing that you have to contend with is what to do with the leftover turkey (gobble, gobble).
We may be glad that Christmas only comes once a year, but does that mean that we shouldn’t try to keep Christmas in our heart every day of the year?
How about living as Christmas people all the year long? We could do this by keeping the hope of the new born Saviour alive in our hearts by living the truth that His life proclaimed. Being Christmas people also means that we must live as Easter people, for the cradle of Bethlehem stands in the shadow of the Cross, and shadow of the Cross lies over the empty tomb.
Our hope lies in the resurrection of Jesus and in the new life that He gives to all who receive Him as Lord and Saviour. This is what it means to live as Christmas people. We need to be more like old Ebeneezer Scrooge who knew how to keep Christmas in his heart all the year long.