I was listening to 'The Jeremy Vine' show on Radio 2 yesterday when he played 'A Christmas Carol' by the American satirist, Tom Lehrer. It was written in 1959, and although a little cynical does sum up some of what's worst about this season of the year. Here's the first two verses:
Christmas time is here, by golly,
Disapproval would be folly,
Deck the halls with hunks of holly,
Fill the cup and don't say "when."
Kill the turkeys, ducks and chickens,
Mix the punch, drag out the Dickens,
Even though the prospect sickens,
Brother, here we go again.
On Christmas Day you can't get sore,
Your fellow man you must adore,
There's time to rob him all the more
The other three hundred and sixty-four.
In spite of all the glitz, glam, excess and enforced gaity of this Christmas season, my prayer for you as readers of this blog is that you might know God's peace and grace at this time of year; that you might grasp the Truth behind the trappings - Christ has come, He has been born of a virgin, He has died as our substitute on Calvary, and has risen from the dead. He is mighty, and He is able to save all who come to Him by faith and repentance. Now that truly is something worth trusting, and something worth celebrating.
May God bless you over this period. After a short Christmas break from blogging I'll be back with some more posts and ponderings. Thanks to those of you have read this blog faithfully throughout the past year and Merry Christmas to you!!!