The Christmas trees have been decorated in the shops for a long time already ... but I don't like shopping so I don't often see it.
I don't have the radio on a lot so I don't hear 'Christmas' songs all the time.
We don't watch much television so I don't see a lot of advertising trying to convince people to spend money they don't have on stuff they don't need during Christmas they don't truly celebrate.
This morning in church we were again reminded to get back to Jesus who was born to us and who wants to connect with every single one of us; Jesus who is available to each on of us.
Thinking back of the Christmas story Jesus was born to a young ordinary servant girl - a connection to the young and the ordinary. He was born in a manger - another connection to the ordinary, everyday person. After Jesus was born an angel appeared to the shepherds in the field -a connection to those who did hard work and did not mingle much with others. A star appeared in heaven that alerted the Magi from the East - a connection to the learned and to those from other cultures and other religions. Simeon, an old man at the temple saw Jesus when He was taken to be circumcised. He recognized Jesus as the long awaited Messiah and praised God - a connection with believers and to older people.
You can read the sermon notes HERE.
How will you spend your Christmas?