by Mike Keating on Tuesday, 23rd of December 2014
Surprised by Christmas
As I was listening to the ABC news this morning, I heard that the average Australian family will spend about $4000 dollars over this Christmas. I was shocked given our personal budget has a few zeroes less! It seems that the shops are busy, the decorations are out, the sales are on, the car parks are full, and everyone is rushing about frustrated to consume, consume and consume some more.
Apparently the most popular gift for 2014 will be the “selfie” stick. Now, I have not even taken a
photograph of myself ever and posted it to social media – but I was born in the last millennium. Now, the prediction is everyone is going to want a little stick to put your phone on so you can hold it away from your body to take photograph of you and your background (instead of asking for a passerby to take a photo for you).
The imbedded video is one of my favorites. It shows an announced performance of some carols in a large shopping mall. It is quite incredible to watch what happens. People stop. People engage. People refocus. People sing. People kneel and worship. All of a sudden, the shopping plans have paused and reframed around the real meaning of Christmas. Jesus is the reason for the season.
It is my hope and prayer that this Christmas that you too will be interrupted from the hustle and bustle, the rampant consumerism, and tinsel and artificial snow, and by surprised once again by Christmas.
There was baby in a crib and a man on a cross. Let’s again embraced the child born Savior of the world.
May you have a spiritually authentic time of celebration filled with faith, hope and charity this