With all the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, it is quite easy to forget the purpose behind it. People are wrapped up in buying gifts and making plans. Time is spent cooking and cleaning. Activities include building snowmen or setting up nativity scenes and through it all, it would appear that the meaning of Christmas is overlooked. It would seem that other than Christ's name in the word He is almost entirely left out... or is He? I'm going to show how ordinary things in Christmas can help you remember the Savior. Here is a list of the things done at Christmas that I have found help me remember the reason for the season;
1.) Santa Claus. How in the world does jolly ol' Saint Nick have anything to do with Jesus of Nazereth? Well, lets begin with His clothing. He wears a red suit with white trim. He comes to all the world to bring gifts (Jesus gifts are way better).
Next, let's think of the song "Santa Claus is coming to town". In the song these words are said,
"He's making a list And checking it twice; Gonna find out Who's naughty and nice...He sees you when you're sleeping He knows when you're awake He knows if you've been bad or good so be good for goodness sake!..." Well, these same things are said of the Savior. His list is in the Book of Life and He will be judging you based on whether you've been "naughty" or "nice".
2.) Frosty the Snowman. Okay so Santa Claus was a little out there, but Frosty? How could Frosty the Snowman possibly have anything to do with Jesus? Well, sit back and I'll tell ya. The song "Frosty the Snowman" says this,
"Frosty the snowman is a fairy tale, they say,
He was made of snow but the children
Know how he came to life one day...
Frosty the snowman knew
The sun was hot that day,
So he said, [Let's run and
We'll have some fun
Now before I melt away.] For Frosty the snow man Had to hurry on his way, But he waved goodbye saying, [Don't you cry, I'll be back again some day.]" Do I even have to point out, how this clearly refers to the Saviors life on Earth and then His Second Coming?
3.) Crazy Shopping! So Frosty, eh you stretched that out a little bit, and Santa was on the verge of pathetic, but I'm still reading this because my Ipod is charging, so I can play Angry Birds and I have nothing better to do. Well as it turns out even through ridiculously long lines we are still able to find Christ in this. Imagine this, it's 2011 years ago and there is a line this big, lined up outside of a little stable outside of Bethlehem, where they are waiting too have an opportunity to see the Savior. Just like Zacharias at the temple.
Just so you know the purpose of this blog wasn't to say "Look! These are hidden messages inside of Christmas!" This blog was to get you looking for things that help you remember the reason for the season. There are probably tons of other things that I could've said, but I'll let you find those things and share them with your friends.