Tis the Season…

 And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed.(And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:)to be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.

And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn. And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us. And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger. And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child.                                                                     Luke 2:1-17 (KJV)

It is only for a few weeks each year that I get to write about Christmas, so I have been writing about Christmas more than usual this year. Why? Well, that’s a good question.  

Maybe it is because we should be keeping in the mindset of Christmas more of the year. Maybe it is because I am aware that there are fewer future Christmases for me to celebrate now. Maybe it is because I like the old classic Christmas movies. And maybe it is because we need seasons like Christmas to harken back to childhood memories which were filled with awe and wonder.

As the Christmas season rolls around, the Christmas movies are dusted off for showing. Familiar favorites, and there are many, are shown, and many of us watch them for the 20th time. I mean, how do you resist watching Christmas Vacation during this season?  Or maybe A Christmas Story, where Ralphie finally gets his Red Rider BB gun? Maybe it is Bing Crosby and Rosemary Clooney, Danny Kaye and Vera Ellen in White Christmas? Possibly it is Miracle on 34th Street, or Dickens’ A Christmas Carol? Could be It’s a Wonderful Life with Jimmy Stewart?  Maybe it is all of them.

I will watch several of those movies this season because it is comfort food for my mind. Like a comfortable pair of old shoes, those movies, and others, provide a soft landing for the reality around us that is so often not kind.

At any rate, I also cited above my favorite old version of the Christmas story from Luke 2.


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