By Lana Turnbull
The words of songwriter Jerry Herman in his holiday favorite, “We need a Little Christmas,” suddenly rang truer this year when I heard it the other day. I had been thinking a lot about how to find meaning in a sacred season that has been hijacked by the advertising industry and the manufacturers it represents. From October through December we are constantly bombarded with messages about how we can make this the biggest and best holiday season yet – more gifts, more decorations, more parties, more fun, more, more, more. The one thing it doesn’t promise is more time to remember why we are celebrating.
It dawned on me that what we need is not a bigger Christmas. The birth of Christ is big enough. It changed the world forever one still winter night. What we need is a little Christmas – a quiet Christmas so we can hear our thoughts and appreciate our blessings. As Herman expressed in his popular song:
“For I’ve grown a little leaner, grown a little colder, grown a little sadder, grown a little older. I need a little angel sitting on my shoulder, I need a little Christmas now.”
We celebrate the season with gifts to commemorate the Wise Men’s gifts to the Christ child, but the meaning of Christmas is not in the gifts but in the Savior, God’s gift to us. This year, I’m looking forward to a little Christmas, shared with those I love in the quiet and still of a winter’s night. I wish you all the same.
Merry Christmas from all of us at Well-Being!