This evening, I found myself wandering aimlessly in Walmart. I had dropped the boys off at Jump Extreme for Josh and Jake's birthday, and Jessie was at a birthday party as well, with Kristi. I was by MYSELF....imagine that!!! So I decided that I was going to do some Christmas shopping. What an opportunity knocking, and the doors literally opened for me. (they were electric with an infared sensor. ;-) )
So, after doing some shopping in the sporting goods for the kids, I decided that we needed a little nativity scene for the house, so I headed to the Christmas section. Seek and I shall find, was my state of mind, afterall the doors were opened for me. So, I went down each of about 8 isles near the garden section, and couldn't find anything. Oh, there were plenty of Santa Clauses and reindeer, and even some stockings with John Deere and Dale Ernhert Jr. on them, but not a single nativity scene.
I was sad. This is the first year that I really realized that we're losing Christmas. People have been saying it for years, but I never really understood it until this year. We're losing the meaning of it ALL. It's not about the birth of our savior anymore. It's about lights and ribbons and candy canes and trees and a million other things that aren't Christ.
Now don't get me wrong. I'm not an old fuddy duddy that doesn't have fun with Saint Nick and Rudolph and Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree. I love that part of Christmas too. I really do! But for God's Sake, literally, let's get back to a little more Christmas and a lot less of the other stuff.
Have a Blessed Christmas Season! Cris