Authentic Compassion

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Beware - Not a fluffy cute Christmas Blog Post!

I'm big on being forewarned - so y'all can just click on out if you don't want to read my current state of heart. I've held onto this blog post for a while now. Today I'm fighting a minor cold, writing cards and loving our beautiful spot in the country. My corner of the world looks and smells and feels a lot like Christmas. Unfortunately in America millions of people aren't feeling it. I've decided to post and let the chips fall where they may. My apocryphal references can be obscure or funny - what I'm presenting today is not funny. We are hearing many people (in person and in the media) complaining about shopping, parties, or gaining weight from the holiday treats. The one getting me most are the folks casting stones at the gingerbread houses of others for not being as righteous about how to celebrate, grumbling about Christmas in America and it bothers me - a lot. We live in a country blessed with abundant food, freedoms unimagined in much of the world and incredible freedom to worship. Christmas, whether secular or religious, is about giving --sharing ourselves,our resouces, our time, gifts, cookies - whatever is the norm for you. Maybe norm needs to be goosed a bit and widened in scope.
The story which follows is one received in an email from our respected friend - Waverly Parsons of Race Track Chaplaincy . Yes it is a little predictable, but if we used chances to speak up maybe more people would begin to "get it".
WHO STARTED CHRISTMAS?This morning I heard a story on the radio of a woman who was out Christmas shopping with her two children. After many hours of looking at row after row of toys and everything else imaginable --and after hours of hearing her children asking for everything they saw on those many shelves, she finally made it to the elevator with her two kids. She was feeling what so many of us feel during the holiday season time of the year. Overwhelming pressure to go to every party, every housewarming,taste all the holiday food and treats, getting that perfect gift for every single person on our shopping list, making sure we don't forget anyone on our card list, and the pressure of making sure we respond to everyone who sent us a card.Finally the elevator doors opened and there was already a crowd in the car.She pushed her way into the car and dragged her two kids in with her and all the bags of stuff. When the doors closed she couldn't take it anymore and stated, "Whoever started this whole Christmas thing should be found, strungup and shot."From the back of the car everyone heard a quiet calm voice respond, "Don't worry -- we already crucified him." For the rest of the trip down the elevator it was so quiet you could have heard a pin drop.Don't forget this year to keep the One who started this whole Christmas thing in your every thought, deed, purchase, and word. If we all did it,just think of how different this whole world would be.-- Author Unknown

Which leads right into this video


For ideas about how to change up holidays - visit the folks who made this video Advent Conspiracy . I feel a little load off my heart. We are making cookies and treats and giving small gifts but the reason for this season is giving. Tomorrow, late, I'll blog with Boomama's Christmas tour and it will be all about hoopla - today it is my heart. I sound full of myself - if you think I'm tooting my horn, I obviously missed the mark with this whole thing. But then - it isn't about me is it? Bless y'all



7 comments:

Kathleen from Yesteryear Embroideries said...

Well, I love your words on this and the way you toot your horn! blessings, Kathleen

LindaSueBuhl said...

Thanks Kathleen - you are one of those rare people who see the shower of blessings instead of the storm.

LindaSueBuhl said...

If anyone else is reading this - go to Kathleen's blog posts today - they were the source of my comment about how she sees the blessings and expresses herself. Just thought I'd clarify why I said that since it wasn't in response to her kind comment as much as reacting to just reading her blog today - end - I'm a LOT more down with the cold tonight so probably need to sign off the computer and get some rest!

KathyB. said...

Linda Sue, wonderful post ! A true blessing !Even storms can bring blessings when one has the right perspective....

I hope you are feeling better.

Sand Flat Farm said...

Oooooo - your story gave me reason to check myself. I know what you mean about everything being so commercialized. I hate it. My DH and I were talking about that very thing today about how we should be giving instead of trying to get everybody something they'll like. I think we'll do something different next year...

Joy @ Five J's said...

What a great post! Thanks so much for posting it. It's a great reminder about the REAL reason for Christmas.

Farm Chick Paula said...

I saw this video through an email somebody sent me, but I enjoyed it again.. it is soo true.