I Hate Christmas

by Larry Hehn on November 26, 2012

I hate ChristmasA few days ago, my friend Julie shared a story with me, and asked if I wanted to share it here on the blog. I couldn’t say yes quick enough.

I think Julie expected me to re-write this in my own words, but her version is so spontaneous and heartfelt that I’m publishing it as is. Julie doesn’t have a blog, but I think she could!

Hey Larry — Wondered if you would be interested in an article / idea I have for your blog. Short story: At the dentist office, making my next appointment which will be in January so I started to say, “Hey well then Merry…” and I got cut off.

“I hate Christmas so don’t bother.”

I think there are a lot of people with ‘I hate Christmas’ going on right about now and I expect it will get worse! But it is because their Christmas is filled with shopping, and baking and wrapping and trying to be all things to all people but without any joy … being and doing everything that isn’t really about Christmas!

I know there are tons of messages about keeping the Christ in Christmas, but maybe people need something more practical to follow.

Find Christ everywhere.

1. Let someone in line at the store. Smile. Tell them that’s a present from you.

2. Sing / Listen to Hymns about the joy of Christmas not just about Santa and Reindeer (they are okay sometimes too).

3. Don’t wait until Christmas Eve to read the story of the birth of Jesus – Read it now. Advent doesn’t mean you have to wait for the story in Church!

4. When you start to get caught up in everything that isn’t about Christ … take a moment. Pray for the guidance to find the joy.

5. Look at every life around you as if they were as special and beautiful as the birth of baby Jesus … because every life is special.

Just some thoughts … You can do wonders with an idea like this (I think!)

Wishing you Joy in your heart and mind as you prepare for the Christmas Season!

Julie, you already did wonders with this idea. Thank you so much for sending it my way and sharing it with us! Wishing you much joy as well, and a very merry Christmas!

What other ways of finding Christ everywhere can you add to Julie’s list?

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Juan Cruz Jr November 26, 2012 at 8:54 pm

Pretend that Christmas is every day and repeat 1 through 5. : )
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Larry Hehn November 27, 2012 at 11:10 am

That’s the spirit, Juan!


Julie Stewart November 27, 2012 at 3:57 pm

Well the Christmas spirit moves on … My Dad shared this to his entire distribution list. Apparently, he thought that sharing your blog was a very “Christmasey” thing to do!


Larry Hehn November 27, 2012 at 4:14 pm

In the spirit of Christmas, I highly encourage that. 🙂
Thanks for letting me know, Julie!


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