It’s CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN 2020 here on GUWG, where from now until December 25 we’ll be preparing for the arrival of the Savior of the World.

Imagine for a moment that you’re an alien. You’re dropped off on Planet Earth right now and asked to report back on a phenomenon known as “Christmas.” What do you see?

Santa. Rudolph. Frosty. Scrooge. The Grinch. Buddy the Elf. Bing Crosby. Clark Griswold. Hustle. Bustle. Shopping that starts before dawn. Spending that ends in bankruptcy. Cutting down trees. Stringing up lights. Yule logs. Candy canes. Cheese balls. Aunt Melba’s fruitcake. Suspicious-tasting eggnog. Stockings hung near an open fire, creating a clear safety hazard. Repeated warnings not to “shoot your eye out” from what appears to be the official Christmas Story because it’s on every channel every hour every day. Wrapping gifts that no one needs. Unwrapping gifts that no one wants. Grandmas getting run over by reindeer. Mistletoe smooching. Chestnuts roasting. Jack Frost nipping. Jingle bells jingling. Angels named Harold harking. Ho ho ho. Bah humbug. And a partridge in a pear tree.

Occasionally, you hear about some guy named “Jesus,” but his marketing department doesn’t appear to have its act together. You try to remember his message. Something about joy … or peace … or was it figgy pudding?

Don’t let the world distract you this year. Here’s the real reason for the season:

The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel (which means, “God with us”). (Matthew 1:23)


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