Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas

Posted: December 18, 2012 by CJNeading in Thoughts
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Have yourself a merry little Christmas, Let your heart be light.
From now on, our troubles will be out of sight.

Christmas can seem like a rat race at times. There is all of the hectic last-minute shopping at crowded malls, struggling to find the perfect gift for someone, the decorating of the house (including checking every single bulb on the strand of lights to find the one at the very end that shorted out the rest), wrapping present after present after present, or preparing for your extended family take over your house for the day. It is easy to get lost in the busyness of Christmas, and to miss the things that are really important.

We see this happen in the book of Luke, when Jesus went to eat in the home of two sisters, Mary and Martha. Martha spent her time running around cooking, serving dinner, and cleaning. These were all very good things, but “busy” things. Meanwhile, Mary sat in the company of Jesus. When Martha asked Jesus to tell her to work too, He told her, “Mary has chosen what is better.”

Jesus is trying to tell us to live in the moment. It is great that you are willing to be like Martha, and make sure that all of the popcorn is strung up, but it is not worth missing the opportunity to have a real conversation with a family member you don’t see often, or when your child’s face lights up because Santa indeed got that letter and delivered exactly what they asked for. It is not about all that we have to do, the list of things we have check off, but it is all about the moment.

This year, don’t miss out on what is better. Take the opportunity to enjoy the time you have with friends and family. Take time not to worry about the things you have to do, but to enjoy the people you get to be with. Be present where you are, because that is what is better, and have yourself a merry little Christmas.


What are some things you need to take off the list to make yourself become more like Mary?

What are the better things that you will choose to be a part of this Christmas?

Now as they went on their way, he entered into a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha received him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who also sat at the Lord’s feet, and heard his word. But Martha was cumbered about much serving; and she came up to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister did leave me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me. But the Lord answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art anxious and troubled about many things: but one thing is needful: for Mary hath chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her. (Luke 10:38-42 ASV)

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  1. Travis says:

    Great post CJ.

    I don’t have too much else to add except for the realization of the key lyric “little” when describing the size of your Christmas.

    I hadn’t thought of that before. I’ve heard the song hundreds of times but didnt slow down to think about what is inferred by a little Christmas. It was never meant to be big from a decorations/gifts side.

    Inflation aside I’m curious what the increase in gift costs have been over the past 100 years. It’s scary to realize what marketing can do to people’s behaviors.

  2. kk120310 says:

    Couldn’t agree more with this post. We have definitely lost sight of what Christmas is actually about, and instead we have turned it into a money making machine that emphasizes showing ones love through the amount of money you’re willing to spend on someone.

    “Let your heart be light”. I don’t know about you, but my heart rarely feels light during Christmas as I focus on what I need to do, where we need to go, etc. My goal this year has been to slow down, focus on what this season is about and give thanks for everything God has given me.

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