Modern Christmas celebrations are pretty far off from accurate representations of the day when Christ was born. For example:
- It is pretty well-accepted fact that He wasn't actually born in December
- The Wise Men most likely didn't arrive until years later and bringing gifts wasn't their focus
- Santa Claus, while admirable, is more of a distraction from than a reminder of Christ
- Depictions of the birth typically completely skip the struggles, uncertainties, and pain of childbirth itself (and when they don't, at first it can appear somewhat jarring)
Somewhat ironically, the most consistent thread throughout human history is that that in all of the hustle and bustle it is more likely than not that there is "no room for them" in our inn – be that in our attention, in our day, in our list of priorities.
So today and tomorrow, as well on the rest of the days, I'm working to make a little more room in our lives for substance and avoid getting caught up in the "thick of thin things".
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