Christmas Creep

 “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel” (which means, God with us). Matthew 1:23

Early in our marriage, Michele and I would travel back to our hometown for Christmas. We drove an old car with high mileage. It was about a two-and-a-half hour drive, and with traffic, it might be a three-and-a-half to four-hour drive. That was in the days before cell phones so we would just pray and hope that we’d be able to get home without an incident.

As we traveled, we wanted to do something to bring a little “Christmas Spirit” to the trip so we turned on the radio and tried to find some Christmas music on the airwaves. And we would have to try hard!

Do you remember when Christmas music was only played on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day? Now, a lot of stations start “all Christmas, all the time” beginning November 1.

I’ve heard Karen Carpenter sing, “Merry Christmas Darling” and Johnny Mathis sing, “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” and nearly every singer on earth sing “Do You Hear What I Hear?” enough times to last a lifetime.

It’s all part of what some people call “Christmas Creep” – stretching out Christmas longer and longer, mainly to extend the holiday shopping season. Christmas just creeps and gets bigger and bigger and bigger and creeps further and further and further into the year. Soon, we'll be celebrating Christmas on the 14th of March.

In the church of Jesus Christ, there is a long tradition of stretching out Christmas, not for commercial reasons, but for spiritual ones. The season of Advent – the celebration of the coming of Christ – begins four Sundays before Christmas.

The song "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel" is an Advent carol.  It's a song that expresses a longing and anticipation for the Son of God, the Messiah, to come and to deliver His people. That word "Emmanuel" means "God with us."

As Christians, it's very important that we make a big deal out of Christmas. We need to talk about it as much as we can, because you see, the most important truths of Scripture are these:

·     Jesus Christ was born,

·     Jesus Christ died on the cross and rose from the grave,

·     Jesus Christ saves everyone who calls on His name, and

·     Jesus Christ is coming again to judge the living and the dead on the basis of this one thing, what have you done with Jesus?

As we celebrate Christmas, we are celebrating Jesus!

Have a great day and keep moving forward!