I just watched my all time favorite Christmas program, A Charlie Brown Christmas, and in watching it a couple of things dawned on me.
Sometimes we all feel like that sad little tree that Charlie and Linus pick up in the crowded Christmas Tree lot. You know what I mean, a little or a lot beat up, maybe feeling scrawny on the inside. Unloved or just a bit crazy around the edges for the holiday season.
But you know what, that’s OK. Let’s face it Christmas is a crazy time of year, everyone seems a bit on edge trying to be perfect, the perfect gifts, the perfect home, the perfect love to bring home to Mom and Dad. The list goes on and on. I must admit I got a bit emotional tonight watching the program.
For the first time I am alone from my family for the holidays. Sure I have spent Christmas alone but I was always safe and secure in the knowledge that Mom and Dad were just a few hours up the road and I would get there before New Years Day. However this year is different, it’s just Darlene and I.
Her mother is working graveyard shift over the holidays and my family will be in Southern Ontario. I am sure that we will put something together, and I know that life evolves and we must adapt. But I have always had a deep dark fear of the unknown, and this is unknown territory indeed.
I am going to miss my Mother’s exploding Christmas Tree, people who came to visit on Christmas Day would always sit in slack-jawed amazement to all the love that she put into the decorations and presents.
I guess that gets to the heart of the message of Charlie Brown, though. It’s not about presents or money, like that sad little tree that gave so much life and love it’s about the spirit of Christmas.
It’s about knowing we are loved no matter where our family is, because family means love in so many words. It’s about the knowledge that we can receive and that we can also give. There is always an empty spot waiting to be filled at our table, a place to join in our fellowship and laughter.
So my friends the next time you feel down, just remember that little tree and how much love it gave. How it was transformed by the charity of a few, from a tiny sprig into a wondrous joyful thing.
Merry Christmas Everyone