Summary: The Christmas spirit is many things.
THE CHRISTMAS SPIRIT
INTRO.- What is the Christmas spirit? It all depends on who you are. ILL.- Here’s a story called “The
Christmas Spirit,” which is one of the best I’ve found.
“Pardon me, Sir, I’m a stranger in town. I thought you might be able to tell me what’s going on.”
“Sure, anything. Glad to help. What do you mean, what’s going on?”
“Oh, you are a stranger! Well, stranger, this is the Christmas season. All of those decorations are to
help us get the Christmas spirit; and these people are doing their Christmas shopping.”
“Christmas shopping, you say? Do people shop more at Christmas than at other times? And what is the Christmas spirit? These folks look all hurried and worn out; and some of them even look angry.”
“Oh, yes, stranger, people shop more at Christmas. Some people even buy so much they go way in debt. You see, we buy gifts for each other; and then on Christmas Eve we have parties and family gatherings and exchange gifts.”
“Oh, that sounds interesting. Does everyone get just what he needs? And say, I see a lot of poor people. Do you exchange gifts with them, too?”
“Oh, no, we don’t always get just what we need, but that’s not the idea. And we don’t expect the poor
people to give us anything. But most of us give 50 cents or so to help them have a Merry Christmas.”
“Say, friend, I don’t want to see seem too ignorant, but these funny looking people dressed in red and
wearing long white bears, who are they?”
“Boy, you really are a stranger! Those are Santa Clauses. Santa Claus is the symbol of Christmas.
Nobody seems to know for sure when or where Santa Claus started; but we tell our children that at
Christmas Santa comes and brings them gifts. They really get excited. Yeah, Santa and Christmas
really go together.”
“That does sound exciting. But say, while we were talking, a man fell down in the gutter there.
Shouldn’t we help him up? No one else has offered to.”
“Oh, he’s all right. Probably had an office party and drank his gift all at one time. That’s the way some
celebrate Christmas. Just anything for a good time.”
“Yes, I see, anything for a good time. Say, there’s some rather interesting music coming from that store, but every now and then I hear a song about a white Christmas. I think I understand that one, too. That one about city sidewalks dressed up in holiday style seems appropriate. But there’s one in there that sounds like, Joy to the World, the Lord is come. What does that mean?”
“Well, stranger, I can’t explain that too well. You see, there are a few religious fanatics who claim that
Christmas has something to do about a baby called Jesus. I don’t know too much about it, but I guess
some people used to think that Christmas was His birthday. Anyway, they wrote a lot of mushy songs
about it and most of the old timers still sing them. Some of the churches still teach them to the kids, I
guess. I suppose the stores play one now and then to be sure they get the trade from those people who call themselves Christians.”
“I’d like to know more about these songs and that story. Do you know anyone who could tell me more?”
“No, I don’t, stranger. I never went for that stuff myself. I’ll stick to the real kind of Christmas. Boy! there’s real meaning and excitement in Christmas. But you might find someone in that church around the corner who could tell you something.”
“Oh, I hope so. I think I’ll go see. Thank you for telling me all about Christmas. I am sorry to seem so
dumb, but this is all so new to me.”
“That’s perfectly all right, stranger. Glad to oblige. Anything to pass on the Christmas spirit. By the way, what did you say your name was?”
“Oh, I’m sorry, didn’t I tell you? I go by several names, BUT THOSE WHO KNOW ME BEST JUST CALL
Brethren, the Christmas spirit is many things to many people. For some people, Christmas is obviously just another holiday: extra time off from work, playing,
traveling, partying, more TV watching, more eating, etc.
For us who are followers of Jesus Christ it is many of these things too, but the Christmas spirit is a
whole lot more than just visiting with family and friends, eating, and having a good time. It is more
than just “Happy Holidays!”
PROP.- Please allow me to share three thoughts about the Christmas spirit.
1- It is praise and worship
2- It is preaching and living
3- It is serving and giving