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Another Coffee from the December 1991 Deep Cove Crier,

"Smelling the Coffee" at Christmas

One December morning, a boy came up to me and said "Christmas is coming, and I am going to get lots of presents: G.I. Joe, Ninja Turtles, Video games.... He went on and on with his very long list until I said "Doesn’t Christmas mean more to you than presents?" He looked at me with a puzzled expression and said "What do you mean?" I said, "Isn’t it someone’s birthday?" He said, with complete sincerity, "Is it yours?" I responded, "No, it’s Jesus’ Birthday on December 25th." The boy said, "I didn’t know that. That’s neat!"

I left that conversation, saddened that a boy could be so excited over Christmas presents, without even knowing whose birthday we celebrate at Christmas. When I was a child, even the Public Schools could openly celebrate the beautiful story of the birth of the baby Jesus. Public Schools even used to have Christmas Pageants in which, as little children we would dress up as shepherds, angels, soldiers, or as wise men. I have discovered that there is no better way to learn a story, like Christmas, than to dress up and act it out.

Our society still has a very strong emotional attachment to Christmas. But the busyness and excessive commercialism of the Christmas Season can leave us more exhausted than refreshed. Our family has found that rediscovering the true meaning of Christmas helps us to enjoy Christmas more, without getting so caught up in the frantic pre Christmas frenzy.

Why is it so hard to slow down and ‘smell the coffee’ at Christmas??  Click to find out more…


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