Thursday, December 15, 2005

Smiling All The Way

Last night I went to the Christmas concert for one of my foster kids. Jasmine is 11 years old and an extreme extrovert. She reminds me so much of Allysyn that it almost hurts. Anyway, the concert was at the Christian Fellowship Church in Qualicum Beach. Jasmine goes to the Beacan Christian School. From the start to the finish I couldn't quit smiling. The name of the play was "Angel Alert" so there were about 45 - 50 kids on stage all dressed in white angel costumes. Once they were all standing on stage the flood lights came on and there they stood. It almost made you catch your breath. One man in the audience sang out loud the "Hallelujah" that often accompanies angel appearances. I couldn't stop smiling. Now, I haven't been to a children's Christmas concert since Martensville, but then they were not centered around the birth of our Savior. Before last night my Christmas spirit was low and very hard to find. I was worrying about how I was going to buy the gifts I still have not been able to afford. I have less than two weeks before Christmas and still have not even gotten to the halfway point with my Christmas shopping. I was supposed to get paid for Jasmine for December, but since she comes from the Courtney office I likely won't see any money for her until mid January. Plus the ministry over paid me in the summer and decided that November and December would be the best time to recover that money. OK. Enough whining. This is the point of this whole letter. I wish the whole world could just scrap the whole commercialism of Christmas. Give a small gift to each family member and then focus on what we really should be celebrating- the birth of a baby that would save the world, one generation after another. I can totally understand how the world can see Christmas as nothing more than a holiday to over shop, over eat and over indulge with drinking. If I, as a Christian, could forget that, then how can I expect the world to see Christmas for what it really is? I mean, you can't even say "Merry Christmas" if you work with the public, but you can say "Happy Holidays". I would like to know how this could be a happy holiday for those who don't have enough money to buy a happy holiday and also don't have the "real" meaning of this holiday. So if I whine anymore t


Melanie said...

I would love to go to a kids concert. They always make me smile. I get to do some more shopping this weekend, but I think I'm more excited about spending time with our friends as we drive the five hours to Denver to do the shopping. I don't really think Christmas is about the money, unless it's Peter trying to enforce a limit on how much I spend on him...hee hee. I like the giving aspect of it all, and the time with family, making new traditions, playing balderdash. That's what Christmas is all about.

Margaret said...

I am taking our Balderdash game with us this year. I don't have the new one, but i still want to play. I'm glad you're looking forward to this Christmas so much. I am totally looking forward to the Christmas gift game, the meal, having my parents here, and just the whole family thing. Merry Christmas to you and Peter.