There is something wonderful about TV programming during Christmas. Nearly all of them are favorites like Frosty the Snowman, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, A Charlie Brown Christmas, and one of my new favorites – Olive, the Other Reindeer.
There are many more programs than these, of course. Just last night there was a live airing of Peter Pan with Christopher Walken as Captain Hook. Although there are a number of wonderful programs shown – tomorrow we get to see It’s A Wonderful Life – there are some we no longer get to see any more because of their religious nature, which surprises me because Christmas is a religious holiday.
It has been years since I have seen The Little Drummer Boy, The Christmas Star, and O Little Town of Bethlehem. Each one of these programs was about the Nativity of Christ. Yes, they were stories, told for children, and they were wonderful. In The Little Drummer Boy my heart broke every time over the little lamb and rejoiced at the miracle at the manger.
Despite what the media would have people believe, Christmas isn’t a commercial event. It is a celebration of hope centered around the birth of Jesus, the Messiah. It comes, just the same, whether there are presents like the Grinch realized
He HADN’T stopped Christmas from coming!
Somehow or other, it came just the same!
And the Grinch, with his grinch-feet ice-cold in the snow,
Stood puzzling and puzzling: “How could it be so?
It came without ribbons! It came without tags!
“It came without packages, boxes or bags!”
And he puzzled three hours, `till his puzzler was sore.
Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before!
“Maybe Christmas,” he thought, “doesn’t come from a store.
“Maybe Christmas…perhaps…means a little bit more!”
Christmas is in the heart.