Christmas is For–Giving – Part 1

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Sermon Notes

As we approach the holiday season, it’s interesting, if you’ve got little kids, kids love Christmas. Can’t wait for the presents, going to grandma’s house, and sitting on Santa Claus’ lap, having all their kind of fun. Christmas for a kid is generally the best time of the year.

Unfortunately, as we grow through life, we oftentimes experience some of the pain that life can deal us. And for some, Christmas goes from being the high time of the year, to a real low time of year. I’ve heard a lot of people say, “You know, I just tolerate the holidays.”
Christmas for me in the past has been a “not so fun time of year” it kind of seemed that if something bad was going to happen, it was going to be around Christmas time. This year, I made a decision that Laury and I were going to be all in for Christmas this year; thank you to my wife for bearing with me for the last 40 years while I was sometimes a real bummer on Christmas, but I’m having a blast with her this year!!!
If you want pain in the middle of Christmas or holidays, here’s some things you can do. One thing you can do is introduce a divorce or two into your family. Then all of a sudden, you’ve got logistical pain, which is a pain to try to get everywhere when you have to go to eight different places in a 24-hour period and someone always feels like they got shafted. You know, “You got Christmas eve last year and we didn’t get this, and you’re spending more time with them,” and then you introduce some new people into your family and you think, “Well, you know, I haven’t had time to warm up to them yet and we’re not really sure how we feel about this, and there’s a lot of questions and a lot of heartache, and there can be a lot of bitterness.

Another way to introduce some pain is when someone dies an untimely death, and all of a sudden, you are facing a Christmas where last year your table was full, and this year, there’s an empty chair from someone that you wish was there, and that’s very, very difficult.

Also, you can factor in some harsh words spoken throughout the year, some misunderstandings, and then you can become like a lot of people, which is, “We hope to just survive the holidays”. Some people, their goal would be just to go and have a very cordial Christmas. ‘We’re not going to say anything rude. Hope nobody says anything rude to us. We won’t say anything bad until we get in the car and drive away, and then we’ll talk bad about them for the rest of the way.”….

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