I’m sure you’re familiar with the Chipmunks - Simon, Theodore, and of course Alvin, the mischievous one. However, they sing a song that goes as follows - “Christmas, Christmas time is near. Time for joy and time for cheer” (of course, they replace joy for toys).
But as Christmas fast approaches, being the day we celebrate, it seems their version is more likely to be true - “time for toys and time for cheer.”
The commercialism that now surrounds the season can easily remind us of what we do not have, and what we think we need, and of course, Christmas lists get made.
Now, I’m not saying the whole present thing is a bad thing. For the act of giving is one of the great attributes of Christ - and one of my favorite things. However, if we make that the focus, we possibly miss the most important gift of all - Jesus.
Thus, we need to be intentional, and remind ourselves, that despite what the Chipmunks sing, that it is not the toys that bring about cheer, but the joy - the gift - of Jesus.
As Rudolph Koch says - “Jesus is and was the first gift of Christmas. In fact, He is and was the long-awaited Gift of Christmas. Without Christ, there would be no Christmas.”
So, may I encourage you, draw near to Jesus and treasure all that He has given us - the best gift of Christmas.
So, I’ve simply changed a word, and for me, the song is now perfect - “Christmas, Christmas time is near. Time for joy and time for cheer.”