Christmas is the greatest time of the year! Jammed pack into a few weeks, one gets to experience cookies, family, gifts, lights, music, and so much more! It is a great time to celebrate. In fact that is the topic of this blog; celebration. If you have not read part 1, please do so and you will understand what I mean about One Yard of Christmas.
As we did with the word ‘feat’, let’s go back to Luke 2 and find out what the second word is in One Yard of Christmas.
Luke 2:8-10 says, “And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.”
We have all heard the story. The shepherds out in the fields with the sheep. A quiet and chilly night. Clear skies. BAM! An angel bursts into vision! The shepherds freak out! (I think any normal person would) But then the angel begins to speak, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy…” The angel used the word Joy.
That brings me to the second part of One Yard of Christmas: fete
Here is how Dictionary.com defines the word fete:
- a day of celebration; holiday 2. a festive celebration or entertainment 3. a religious feast or festival
The birth of the Savior gives us reason to celebrate. Let’s hold a fete in His honor. Bring out the cookies and cakes. Wrap the presents and trim the trees. Sing great anthems to God. These are all appropriate actions because we are commemorating a timeless truth: God came to earth as a little baby human so we could see him. This brings great joy!
As you recall this past Christmas, what was it you were celebrating?
In your entire cookie eating and gift opening, who was at the center of your heart? You or Jesus?
Don’t misunderstand me. I like getting gifts and enjoying holiday parties. But it boils down to honoring our Lord and Savior with all that we do. So next time you hear the phrase “Jesus is the Reason for the Season”; please remember that the fete of Christmas is really for Him. I know there are 11 months until next Christmas so start now. Get into the habit of making your life a fete (celebration) of Jesus. He won’t mind a year long party. =-)