And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger Luke 2:12
The other day I was watching a rerun of an Andy Griffith show episode, “Christmas Story” At one point in the show Andy starts playing “Away in the Manger” on his guitar and the rest of the cast joins in singing the entire song. I got to thinking about Christmas shows then and now. Today it is a rare Christmas show that mentions the Baby Jesus. Today there will be some politically correct sentiment about the holiday but nothing about why we celebrate Christmas in the first place.
Not so back in 1960 when this episode of the Andy Griffith show was aired. While not preachy or even overtly Christian they manage to show why we celebrate Christ’s birth with a simple carol, “Away in the Manger”. Back then no one was concerned with offending people by the mention of Jesus’ name. I would guess that not many if any were offended by this show or its mention of Jesus. Most people have forgotten the Christmas was not a day for gifts and fun but a day to celebrate Jesus’ birth by attending church, the Christ Mass.
Then Christmas was still acceptable. People didn’t hesitate to wish other a Merry Christmas. Even stores had Christmas splashed across their ads. Today it is just another day off for work for many and unfortunately for too many it is just another work day. Many stores and other businesses stay open Christmas day not wanting to leave a dollar on the table. Back then it was rare to find any store open, you were lucky to find a gas station open.
I miss those days when holidays like Christmas and Thanksgiving were about spending time with family and friends and not about shopping or going to the movies. Let’s put Christ back into Christmas by remembering why we celebrate Christmas. Not for the gifts or the songs or the food but the gift God gave to all of us, His Son Jesus.
Have a blessed day and a merry Christmas,