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Let's Celebrate Christmas All Year          November 21, 2013

Dear friends,

I saw an advertisement for Black Friday and I got excited. Christmas is coming! I
can’t wait. I know, I know. The commercialization of the holiday is getting out of
hand. None-the-less, you will never hear me complain about Christmas coming too
early. I just love it.

When I see the first commercials on television or see the tinsel go up in the stores I
get excited. I can’t wait for the carols to start playing on the radio. It signals that
we are entering the most wonderful time of the year.

This commercialization of Christmas isn’t new. When Lori and I were first married,
I worked in a Rite Aid Pharmacy. I was totally unprepared for the fact that we set
up our Christmas section right after the fourth of July.

My boss told me that some people start thinking about Christmas in the middle of
the summer and we needed to be ready to accommodate them. That’s the first time
the thought hit me that for Christians, Christmas should be on our minds all year
long.

After all, Christmas is the celebration of the fact that God entered history and
became a part of our everyday lives. Christmas tells us that God is no longer just a
concept or an idea. He is an active participant in everything that happens day in
and day out.

Forget Black Friday and the pre-Thanksgiving Day sales. We can celebrate
Christmas every morning when we wake up and every day as we face the
challenges that life throws at us. That precious story of Christ’s birth can be on our
minds year round if we allow it.

So next time you see something that smacks of commercialism, take a moment to
say “Thank you Lord for coming into my world!” It will help set the stage for your
best Christmas ever and give you a platform to make Christmas something you can
celebrate all year long.

God bless! See you in church. Cal