Michael Scott (Steve Carell) of NBC’s “The Office,” in a powerful soliloquy, had this to say about Christmas: “Christmas isn’t really about Santa Claus, or about Jesus….It’s about family.” Sounds a bit over the top, but at least this lovable goofball said what so many folks think. At least our actions or thoughts prove that in some way many of us believe this.
Sometimes it takes a bold statement like that to get our attention and realize that when Christmas isn’t about presents, the default mode goes to family. Christmas is about family spending time together. The number one idol of most church folk like me.
This was a good reminder to be thankful for family, but to find refuge and celebration in the Savior who will return one day to finish what he started. Celebrating Advent, regular scripture readings, pageants, manger scenes, and even birthday cakes for Jesus (Amy saw one today that was amazing!) are all tools which can help us avoid substituting family for Jesus.