Summary: We may not have a perfect Christmas, but we can have a right Christmas when we focus on Jesus, this is #1 in a four part series - "I’m dreaming of a right christmas"
Introduction: The Christmas pageant at FIRST CHURCH was always a highlight of the holidays for the members of the church. The director took great pains to make sure everything was perfect for the performance.
Lines were memorized, costumes were created and everything was just right for the annual event.
As time went by the director became more focused on the performance of the pageant rather than the message of the season. She began to make demands on the children, which seemed a bit unfair. Only the children with the best behavior and best attendance were able to participate.
This upset many of the parents and they took their concerns to the pastor. Words were exchanged and soon the long time director quit.
With only 2 weeks until Christmas, the parents threw together a new pageant. All the children of the church were invited to a part of the program, regardless of behavior or attendance.
The parents thought the KJV of the Christmas story was too hard for the children to memorize, so they opted for the Good News Version, a modern translation.
On the night of the pageant, all was going well until the Narrator came to the part about Joseph finding out Mary was pregnant. Years before the narrator had used the words “with child”, but a young man hearing the word pregnant began to giggle uncontrollably. From there it only got worse; several of the children forgot their lines. Others forgot to go on the stage at the right time.
The former director had a look on her face that said, “I told you so”
Then something interesting started to happen. The unruly boys dressed as shepherds came to the former director, in a great act of respect and appreciation presented here with a gift, and asked her to have the closing prayer.
As she walked to the front of the church, people noticed it began to snow outside. Millie Jones who was hard of hearing leaned over to her husband and in a whisper that could be heard a block away said. “PERFECT, JUST PERFECT”
We all want a perfect Christmas, A Christmas suitable for a Norman [INSERT NORMAN ROCKWELL PRINT IN PPT] Rockwell Print, A Christmas that warms the heart and refreshes the soul.
Many people this year will not have perfect Christmas…
• The Iraqi Ward has robbed children, moms and dads from a perfect Christmas
• Some will not have a perfect Christmas because of economic reasons, debts are mounting up and they wonder is there is a light at the end of the tunnel.
• Others are experiencing a strained relationship with family members and this causing the upcoming holidays to be less than perfect.
• For others this is the first Christmas without a loved one who has passed on and the holidays just don’t seem the same.
Knowing we will not always have a perfect Christmas – we should strive to have a RIGHT Christmas.
For there to be a right Christmas there must be a right focus. Someone has coined the phrase, “Let’s put Christ back into Christmas”. The truth of the matter it has been awhile since Christ has been the focus of Christmas.
I read in 1594, Christmas was canceled in the New England Community of Salem because of “too much frivolity and worldliness”, and was not reestablished for 23 years.