The Christmas Season is here again. And yes, to mark this special occasion, I will become one of the many bloggers around the world to write an extremely cynical post on how commercialism has ruined Christmas.
I had the privilege [cough cough] of being asked* to help run the BBQ at the local Christmas Carol Service. So I stood in the one spot for four hours depositing sausages into bread whilst listening to Bonnie from “Australia’s Got Talent” [yes, she’s a local girl] sing a very over done version of “Amazing Grace.” I resisted the temptation to run up to her and shake her whilst screaming “Don’t you know what this song means! When was the hour you first believed Bonnie?”
As if that wasn’t enough, the choir began to sing “Oh Happy Day” (I know YITSers, KILL ME!), I am still unsure about how this is relevant to Christmas. But don’t worry, me and my fellow BBQers joined in the Christmas Spirit by changing the words from “when Jesus washed my sins away” to “when Santa washed my sins away”.
I wont bore you with my speculations on how Christmas is the time of year that everyone recognises that the Messiah was born in order to have an excuse to buy presents for each-other and overeat [it makes me think of people who follow the football team that wins the Grand Final]. But I do want to encourage you to remember, even for a few minutes [maybe in the ad break of a dodgy Christmas special], that Christmas is about JESUS, NOT SANTA.