Christmas: Beyond the Hype
Posted by AndreaJWenger
Every year, it seems Christmas becomes more commercialized. Now, with Black Friday actually beginning on Thanksgiving Day, I’m starting to feel like the holidays have lost all meaning—that it’s all about profit for the retailers and acquisition for the consumers. The magic of time spent with family and friends, of the joy on a child’s face Christmas morning, sometimes seems a distant dream to me.
In the U.S., materialism makes big headlines at this time of year. But if you look deeper, there are more important stories to be told. Stories that have nothing to do with big screen TVs or the latest Barbie fashions, and everything to do with Christ’s birth and His legacy.
Each year, my company participates in an Angel Tree project sponsored by the Friends of Wake County (NC) Guardian ad Litem Program. Guardians ad Litem serve as court-appointed advocates for abused or neglected children. These children are generally in foster care or kinship placement. Through the Angel Tree project, volunteers buy and wrap toys, clothing, and other items for a specific child, based on requests from the family.
One of the volunteer groups at my company this year is raising money to buy a child a bed. When I heard this, it brought tears to my eyes. The parallelism with a child born 2000 years ago who laid His head in a manger, because He had no bed, reminded me of why we celebrate and what our mission this holiday season should really be.
Right here, in the United States of America, amid all this abundance, are children who have no beds. In our own communities, often hidden from sight, are people in need. Whether you celebrate Christmas as a sacred or secular holiday, this season is an opportunity to look beyond the commercialism touted in the media to what really matters.
The fact is, I’ve got enough “stuff.” So much that I don’t know where to put it all. This year, all I want for Christmas is for that child to have a safe, comfortable place to lay their head on Christmas Eve. And for all children at risk to find the same.
What programs in your community deserve special attention this holiday season?