14 things I love about Christmas – Day Fourteen

We made it! It’s finally Christmas Eve. Tomorrow all the food we have cooked will be eaten, all the presents unwrapped, the surprises revealed – and it will all be worth it!

The final thing I love about Christmas is…Christmas. And by that I mean the fact that we celebrate and remember that a small baby was born to an unwed teenager in a shed full of hay and animals.

At Christmas, we are very good at singing Away in a Manger with lyrics that romanticise the whole thing. The words ‘stable’ and ‘manger’ no longer have the meaning they did all those years ago. We have sanitised it and tidied it up, when in fact it was dirty and smelly.

For all the women out there: can you seriously imagine giving birth on some straw in a draughty hut with no one there to help but a guy not much older than you with zero experience in childbirth. And you know how whenever someone comes to visit you and the new baby in the hospital, you or the nurse make them wash their hands before holding your newborn baby? Well, think about being a new mum and putting your baby down to sleep Β in a trough that animals had fed from leaving saliva trails and bits of chewed up hay.

A feeding trough (manger) back in the day.

A feeding trough (manger) back in the day.

Not so romantic when you think about it, is it?

And I think the fact that Jesus came as a baby can sometimes distract us from who He really was, and diminish the importance of the event.

We get fooled by the small beginning. We think about babies and how cute they are and forget that this was the most incredible event to ever occur on our small, dirty, tennis ball of a planet.

My challenge to you this Christmas time is, don’t be fooled.

Don’t just remember a small baby who was born thousands of years ago, contemplate a great God who is present now.

I dare you.

10 thoughts on “14 things I love about Christmas – Day Fourteen

  1. Let me add my thanks for the post and for the whole series. Our Christmases are quite different but the point is all the same. So relax by the pool when the day is over, have a refreshing drink, and most of us will do the same by a toasty fire.

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    • Yes you are quite right…different but the same πŸ™‚ Enjoy your traditions and time by the fire and I’ll enjoy a glass by the pool, like you said. Lovely to have everyone along on the last two weeks with me πŸ™‚

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  2. Well done Susannah! I enjoyed reading every one ( especially about my singing). We did have a lot fun at Christmas didn’t we. Thank you Love you.

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    • Thank you πŸ™‚ Glad you enjoyed the little Christmas series. We certainly did have a lot of fun at Christmas…but then, we had a lot of fun most of the year! Love you muchly xo

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