“Dear eight pound, six ounce, newborn Baby Jesus, in your golden, fleece diapers, with your curled-up, fat, balled-up little fists pawin’ at the air…” ~ Ricky Bobby, Talladega Nights
The first Christmas was heralded by angels praising God for the Savior born in Bethlehem. But today Christmas is marked by cards featuring an old guy with a weight problem. If the King of kings is depicted at all, He’s usually shown as a babe straitjacketed in swaddling clothes. Like Ricky Bobby, the greeting card business prefers a Jesus that is weak and inoffensive.
And what do these cards say about Christmas? Virtually nothing. Years ago “Happy Christmas” morphed into “Happy Holidays.” Now it seems as if the card-writers are in a competition to see who can come up with the dullest and most trite message. Cards that do feature Bible verses look like they were designed to give to your grandmother. They’re boring and make the Word of God look like lifeless.
The original Christmas was marked by angels proclaiming good news to men. “Fear not! We bring news of great joy for all people! A Savior is born!” Christmas means nothing without this good news. Christmas is not just about giving stuff. Christmas is about the Gift that God gave to humanity. Jesus has come, not with vengeance and condemnation, but with grace and truth. From Him we receive one blessing after another.
If you want to restore the meaning of Christmas, then tell someone the good and joyful news of God’s Gift. Send your friends a home-made Christmas card that actually says something. If you can’t make a card of your own, you can use one of the cards below. You’ll find more cards like these on E2R’s Facebook page. Happy Christmas!