A Season of Joy

It is all too easy to tie Christmas up in a series of man-made “rules” (“Don’t sing ‘Joy to the World’ during Advent! That’s a Christmas song! Why are you decorating your Christmas tree during Advent?”)

Christmas is a season of JOY. This not the time for the killjoys among us to be raining on the parades of their fellow believers.

Telling someone not to sing “Joy to the World”, “Silent Night”, or “O Little Town of Bethlehem” during Advent is something akin to telling an expectant mother not to have a baby shower until AFTER her child is born!


(If “Joy to the World” is a Christmas song, where do “Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer”, “Jingle Bells”, and “Deck the Halls” fall on the spectrum?)


Christmas is a time of celebration; it is a time to celebrate to coming birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ, into the world.  It is a time of joy.

Should we really be having these debates during this season of “Peace on Earth”?

Christmas Memories


Christmas just isn’t what it used to be.

Sears is closing stores all across the country (my hometown included).  The store holds a lot of memories for me.

When I was a child, they still had the candy counters.  I remember the trays of red pistachios in the display cases (they were dyed red to hide the blemishes).

More than anything else, I miss the catalogs.  Nothing said Christmas more than the Christmas catalogs.  There was something about the creamy feel of the paper between your fingertips.

Clicking pages on a website just isn’t the same.

The Christmas catalogs were an absolute wonderland.  You could find anything and everything in there, from He-Man and G.I. Joe (I’m dating myself, I know) to Barbie’s Dream House.  They had everything from hats and shoes to bedding and dishes.

It was truly a magical time.