Yes, you could say that I’ve been burned by the spirit of the Christmas party spirit. Please note the non-capitalization of the word “spirit.” That is intentional because as I review my recent Christmas party adventures, and ones even farther back than this, I’ve come to the conclusion that Christmas parties, and more broadly the celebration of Christmas itself, is not good for my spiritual well being and rarely involves the Holy Spirit.
I’m not saying it is bad for your spiritual well being. Just that I don’t think it’s good for mine. So given that stipulation and the fact that this is my blog, I’m completely and totally right on this subject… for the moment. I could change my mind with new evidence, but given the case before us, this is my position right now. (Nothing like taking a strong stand in the shifting sands of such a deep and important subject).
With these are very tenuous stipulations, the following are my top 10 reasons for avoiding Christmas parties. Some of which actually have some validity.
99.9 percent of all Christmas parties have nothing to do with Christ, except the fact that “Christ” is in part of the name of the party being given. There are also uses of His holy and reverent name, but only in the unholy and irreverent manner.
Most Christmas parties end up causing us to act and behave more like pagans, than actual Christians.
Most Christmas parties encourage gluttony.
To actually speak about Christ and the things of God is strictly forbidden. This alone is enough to swear off the entire season.
Taking the name of the LORD in vain is perfectly acceptable if alcohol is involved… which is another great reason to swear off these parties.
When you get down to it, these parties are really nothing more than about materialism.
The parties resemble more of the days of Noah, where the people were eating and drinking and disaster was just around the corner than they do the days of Israel as they waited with great expectations for the arrival of their Messiah.
I don’t own a bright, red Christmas shirt and never seem to fit in fashion wise.
I’m not really in a Christmas mood this year, given that I won’t get to spend time with my boys until after Christmas.
I tend to drink too much wine. (Before any fundamentalists go off on me about this, please realize that taking the LORD’s name in vain is far worse than having one too many glasses of wine, which for me, is a third glass).
Back to the issue of the spirit, which I’m hoping is spiritually discerned. When I have attended Christmas parties where Christ was spoken of, it always seemed forced, which makes me really wonder about the entire season itself.
OK, I know that there are a plethora of articles out there on reasons why we should celebrate advent this year, so if you are in the mood, head on over to The Aquila Report where you should find plenty to satisfy your desires to celebrate the season with Christ at the center.
Foxnews.com has a story on the Dreaded Brown Recluse Widow Tarantula, the most deadly spider in existence. But they get it ALL wrong. How? Let me tell you. First, the story is based upon the global warming theory that the Brown Recluse Widow Tarantula will be able to migrate from areas in the south to areas in the north, like Minnesota. This, of course, is based on the popular and unscientific data that says that global warming is truly occurring and before long, Minnesotans will be using sun screen in mid-March because they are walking around in shorts.
BRENHAM, Texas — Eminent theologian Philemon P. Blowhard noted today that the world is definitely going to end. This has many upset because Professor Blowhard would not tell local constituency whether or not the world would end before or after the Texas Aggies play Alabama on Saturday.
“It just all depends,” Blowhard was overheard to say. “We do know that there are certain events that do take place from time to time causing a rapid reduction in temperature in the nether regions of the after life, but these determinations do not tell us anything about the time of the world’s end.”
“Hmmmmm, chocolate!” That is one of the most memorable lines from the Simpsons as he relishes the thought of his next fix of chocolate. He is known for finding chocolate anywhere and everywhere and even dreams about The Land of Chocolate. He loves the land of chocolate and curses reality when he awakens from the dream to find that he cannot live life eating everything in front of him and turning into a big, round ball.
The story goes that a homeless man entered the back of a rather large, affluent church. He went up to person after person asking for change so he could get some food. The people at the church were in their best, Sunday-go-to-meeting clothes and wanted nothing to do with him. Finally, after no one welcomed him, helped him, or even spoke to him, the man sat down in one of the pews and just waited.
Quite humorous, but Steven Crowder should get a body guard. This video points out the difference between Jesus and Muhammed. Not the two religions, but the two men. This video should lead to more ambassador-killing rioters in 3, 2, 1…
You read that correctly. Apparently the Houston Astros Wives Club didn’t have enough wives in it to throw their annual Black Tie and Baseball Cap Gala this year as they have for the past 24 years. The Gala raises money for Houston Women’s Center.
But… the players on the Astros didn’t have enough wives in the group to put the gala together. THIS, my gentle readers, is a CRISIS of the first order. How is it that these players haven’t found any wives to join the club? Haven’t they visited the Baseball Wives’ Depot and picked up a young bride? Don’t they know that if they ever make it to the playoffs, they have to have wives in the stands so when the game is really boring, they can cut to the scene of the beautiful wife of player X as she smiles for the camera and give the announcers something to say?
Thank you Mother of a Warrior over at Walking With a Warrior blog for nominating me. I do feel honored that you nominated me for this award.
However… I must confess I cannot find anything anywhere telling me anything about the award. Who is Leibster? Why is he giving this award? Do I get to boast about it if a I win? Will I get a funny gold statue to put on my desk if I win? Or is this more about getting the “nomination” instead of the award? Is this some sort of internet practical joke? Hhm? Sounds like the one who started all this is skimping out!