Last weekend my family and I watched the movie, Elf, Friday night and Saturday night as we decorated the house for Christmas. We are still going around quoting things from the movie this week. One of our favorite parts is when Buddy meets up with a raccoon in the park on his way into New York. He says to the raccoon, “ahh, does someone need a hug?” and then goes to hug the raccoon that attacks him.
This part makes me think of how the Christmas season can be full of people rushing around and no one seems to have time for one another. Some people are preoccupied with getting the most lights up on the outside of their homes (yes, we have neighbors that we jokingly call the Griswolds). There are others that battle it out in the stores, literally, to get the best bargain for their loved one. Yet, others are trying to make the perfect appearance throughout their home and by finding the perfect outfit for Christmas parties, etc.
All this really loses sight of the much grander picture that is what Christmas is about and what God intended for us. I believe that God would want us to put in perspective what Christmas is. Not a holiday for dressing up, eating a lot, or getting extravagant gifts. It should be a time to focus on Him and the blessings that surround us on a daily basis. I know within my immediate family (my hubby and two kids), we value that we are together, and we glorify God particularly at Christmas that Christ is our savior, and we will always be together through His gift of eternal life.
So, maybe that darn Buddy, the elf, had it right when he said that “the best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear”… maybe our song needs to be one of praise and glory for the blessing of everlasting life through Christ.