"Charlie Brown Christmas" and the Peanuts gang got me to thinking about how we approach Christmas. 'Course, the next thing you know, I'm wondering what kind of "nut" I am when it comes to the holidays. Naturally, I thought I'd share. What kind of "nut" do you think you are?
In her usual bossy and opinionated way, Lucy is ready to take over all the Christmas preparations. She has specific ideas of what's appropriate for everything from music to decorations. And of course, she's always right.
Alas, Lucy doesn't seem to consider the "reason for the season" or how anyone else thinks or feels about Christmas. She skips right over event planner and lands square in the steam roller category.
Linus sticks with Charlie Brown, through bad times and worse. He never complains about Charlie's laments. Instead, Linus is patient and interjects encouragement wherever he can. Despite the criticism of others about his blanket, Linus seems to understand that all of us are needy in one way or another, and accepts our human frailty. When given the chance, Linus is glad to confidently step up and remind each of us what the real meaning of Christmas is.
What works for me is to take a lesson from Charlie Brown and his friends about Christmas. What works is another gentle reminder that Christmas was never intended to be about the trappings Lucy and us can so easily get caught up in. And while our hearts may seem to be in the right place, like Charlie Brown, God didn't give us Christmas to stress or frustrate or defeat us.
What kind of nut have you been this Christmas season? Lucy, Charlie, or Linus? Dear Friend, I pray you are making choices to choose joy. If you are in need of encouragement or inspiration, get your hands on Sara Frankl and Mary Carver's Choose Joy. And remember, God is always ready to share His gift of joy with us.
On Wednesday I will be sharing this post with Giving Up on Perfect and Coffee for Your Heart.