Rather than bemoaning that this was hardly the best time to raise a child, Joseph and Mary saw the greatest fulfillment of their God-given potential as humble obedience to the perfect and holy will of the Most High.
Replacing the Christmas tree with an aluminum pole, substituting feats of strength for gift-giving, airing grievances in place of reading the Christmas story – Festivus is post-modern.
Redeemer of young girls headed toward prostitution. Saver of sailors bound for execution. Heretic puncher. The bishop of Myra merits a graphic novel treatment if you ask me.
Christmas décor, gifts, and parties are fine. Yet we enjoy all those things best when our hearts are fixed on the lavish humility of how and why God chose to send Jesus into the world.
As it turns out we can’t be perfect even for a relatively short season, there is great comfort and peace in remembering the good news of Emmanuel.