I have not aged enough to have the pleasure of what I’ve been told are “floaters” in your eyes. From what I understand they can be quite frustrating and troublesome. They not only get in the way of your vision but make it very difficult to focus on just about anything.
In a similar fashion, the way businesses and the culture around us have profited and attempted to commercialize Christmas making it difficult to focus on the meaning and purpose of Christmas. Every Christmas, from probably every pulpit, we are encouraged to look past the commercialization of Christmas and focus on Christ. This is easier said than done.
Most of us still feel the need to engage in the commercial acts of Christmas. Many of us still feel compelled to engage in gift-giving to those closest to us. We would feel cheap and as if we had let our loved ones down if we didn’t get them a gift. We still put up the decorations, engage in the Secret Santa and Yankee Swap parties.
I am not suggesting that if we do these things we are betraying the true meaning of Christmas. I am saying that keeping the meaning of Christmas in focus in today’s culture is similar to keeping something in focus while dealing with “floaters” in your eyes. We must put in extra effort to ensure the distractions during Christmas do not distract and distort our vision of Christmas. To constantly complain about the effects our culture has had on Christmas is about as useful as complaining about the “floaters” in your eyes. It achieves nothing but further distraction.
Let us engage our hearts in the meaningful traditions and celebration of Christmas. Let us force our eyes off of the immediate and to the eternal.
Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.” – Colossians 3:2