Christmas is my most favorite time of the year. I was raised in the northern part of Wisconsin, and my most valuable and tenderest recollections are my Christmases. I was raised in a Norwegian Lutheran church (Lutefisk?!) Many memories flow from that; the cold, the snow and the tree and the presents. I have been made a ‘rich’ man through all of these great memories.
I remember our annual Nativity play at Church. I remember the sticky, carmelly ‘popcorn ball’ each one of the kids would get from the church ladies aid. I also remember a very bleak Christmas when there was no money to be had for presents. A local charity came through at the last minute with gifts. I was profoundly touched by all of this, and more. Even when it was bad, it was still good.
I have no real way of instilling any of this to you. Each of us has what we have, and we must make it work. But I do exhort you, go out of your way to touch the young hearts you have contact with. Help them believe. Make it easy for them to touch Christmas magic. Let them leave your presence yearning for God’s presence in this day.
It won’t take much, maybe a little imagination on your part. But those things you do may ignite and become a blaze that will direct them through their lives. Be kinder then you need to. Do things that will impact them, even small things often carry an astonishingly strong influence.
You may be in the thick of it. You have “lost” the purpose and meaning of this day. But I’m pretty sure it isn’t permanent. But at least, try to do what you can.
A Lutefisk History – Lutefisk Recipe (Lyefish) http://whatscookingamerica.net/History/LutefiskHistory.htm
- Lutefisk Dinner (ruralchurchcoop.wordpress.com)
- Presents or Presence? (lbbfchurch.wordpress.com)
- Christmas Creed (gratitudeisanattitude.wordpress.com)
- Soldier Matthew Lancaster’s 43-hour dash from Kenya for son’s nativity play (dailymail.co.uk)