Christmas time is here
Happiness and cheer
Fun for all that children call
Their favorite time of the year.
If you grew up in the 70’s, you probably recognize those lyrics from the beloved A Charlie Brown Christmas movie. This simple song by Vince Guaraldi melts my heart every time I hear it. It is not so much the little cartoon (though it is a great story of the true meaning of Christmas) that makes me wax nostalgic, but just the memories of a simpler time.
I have always been a pretty simple person. I prefer Vanilla ice cream over Razzle Dazzle Berry Crunch. I have worn the same fragrance for 10+ years. I still have the comforter that my mom bought me in high school. I use Ivory soap. You get the drift.
The sound of those Peanuts kids singing the sweet Christmas song takes me back to when Christmas was just Christmas, not the fast-paced hoopla it is today. Our holiday was not jam-packed with extravagant parties, excessive shopping, and over-the-top decorating that began even before the Thanksgiving turkey left the table! The song always brings to mind my own little family, my huge extended family, my church. All those traditions we just called Christmas and did them out of love for Jesus and each other.
My mom and dad did a fabulous job of “Keeping Christ in Christmas” even before it became a thing! Not one gift was ever opened on Christmas morning until Dad read Luke 2. We had one Christmas record that contained only carols. No “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town” was ever heralded in our home! The entire holiday revolved around praising Jesus and helping others to do the same. In a very real way it mimicked the very first Christmas where the angels, shepherds, and wise men worshiped Christ, the newborn king! I am so grateful to my parents for instilling in me, that simple approach to this time of year.
I have so many other memories of Christmas, yet the simple ones remain my favorite. My Aunt Brenda’s pumpkin cookies, Aunt Jane’s old fashioned decorations, Grandma Sherman’s house every Christmas Eve. I can still hear the laughter, smell the ham, and feel the excitement of seeing all my cousins! Christmas Eve was definitely crazy and loud, yet still quaint and…simple. The Christmas story was always read. A Charlie Brown Christmas was always watched by some of the kids. Lots of hugs and “I love you’s” exchanged. Lots and lots of simple happiness and cheer. Just the way I like it.
By Jennifer Michael
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