Over the summer I took on a part-time retail job. The benefits are great, and honestly, I’m enjoying the diverse nature of humanity that crosses my register. I haven’t worked retail since I was a teenager. I’m having fun.
Working retail has also forced me to deal with something – the all too early push of the holiday season. In my shop we put up a quaint recycled cardboard Christmas tree on Halloween! November 1, we were selling Christmas Tree ornaments and yummy treats destined gifts for teachers and stockings.
Our Pandora playlist hasn’t served up any Christmas songs – yet – but I’m sure it won’t be long before it does. Through this all, I’ve been musing
“What if I let Christmas come early?”
What if I let go of my judgmental seasonal attitude and embraced on onslaught of Holiday commercialism geared toward my world? What if I let Christmas come early?
I guess there are theological implications for an early Christmas, and the dangers of not being prepared. But, what is wrong with anticipating the joyous birth of Christ a month [or two] earlier?
Historically, we all moved into Christmas together through the “Advent” season, giving proper attention to all the “in-between” thoughts and implications. But now we live in a world saturated with immediate gratification, all that “waiting stuff” is seen as passé. Even to many Christians.
Can we force waiting on a culture that doesn’t see the value in it? Probably not. And still I wonder, can we do both? Can we enjoy the earliness and still appreciate the value in waiting?
I’m not sure, but I’m going to give it a try.
I looked at the calendar this morning, and it’s only SIX weeks until Christmas is here.
So, I’ve decided to set aside my cranky desires for the world around me to WAIT until the proper time to celebrate Christmas.
I’m going to adopt a cheerful attitude.
I’m going to say, “Merry Christmas” as soon as I hear the first Christmas carol over Pandora.
I’m going to be thankful that I still live in a world where I can celebrate the birth of Christ in an open and public way.
Want to join me in this experiment? I think it will be interesting to discover what happens.