The tune plays in your head as the lyrics are sung, “It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, everywhere you go…” The classic Christmas song written in 1951 by Meredith Wilson is perhaps one of the most played songs during this time of the year. The song describes various scenes that invite our minds back to simpler times when Christmas seem to bring more joy. Candy canes, snow, trees, holly, Christmas carols, and toys are all mentioned in the song to help paint a picture of what Christmas looks like.
Though most people only know the first line of the song, that line has caused me to think, “What should Christmas look like?” We have our trees and decorations up. The Christmas china has been used a few times already. The lights have been hung with care. I even have a countdown clock by my front door! Most would walk by my house and say, “They’re ready for Christmas!” But is that what Christmas should look like?
As Christians we know that without Christ, there would be no such season. For this reason, it is important for us to spend a few moments to remember what the first Christmas looked like and do our very best to pattern our Christmas to what the Bible recorded.
Christmas Is About Giving God the Glory
This was the angelic choir’s message to the shepherds that night, “Glory to God in the highest…” What are you doing this Christmas to bring glory to God? If we don’t watch it, Christmas will be about what others think of us rather than what they should think about God.
Christmas Is About Peace and Good Will
In the busyness of the season, it’s easy to be snippy and short. Fight your flesh and react in the opposite manner. When people are mean, smile and say, “Merry Christmas.” When the gift wrap isn’t perfect, say thank you anyway. When Christmas dinner doesn’t turn out like the picture on the Bon Appetit magazine, don’t sacrifice the peace and good will provided because of it. Instead of waiting to be served, serve someone else.
Christmas Is About Surrender
I can never get over how messed up Joseph and Mary’s plans got when Gabriel delivered the message, humanly speaking. The espousal time was to be a time of joyful anticipation. Instead of consummating their marriage, Joseph had to decide if he still wanted to be married, which meant waiting for a child, that wasn’t his, to be born. And yet the response of these two choice servants were nothing short of amazing. Mary responds by saying, “Be it unto me, according to thy word.” Joseph, the Bible says, “Did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him.”
Many more events took place on that first Christmas day. But taking note of these three descriptions can make it look more like Christmas for me and my family. How about you? Is it beginning to look a lot more like Christmas? I hope so!