Merry Christmas 2013

It’s that time of year when the world falls in love. Every song you hear seems to say “Merry Christmas, may your New Year dreams come true”.  How true! How true!

However…

Paul has been a bit grinchy lately.  So many things to do, so little time.  Christmas seems more like a deadline than a holiday.  Blah, blah blah.  Let’s just queue up the Charlie Brown Christmas…

about 53 seconds in – Charlie Brown: I think there must be something wrong with me, Linus. Christmas is coming, but I’m not happy. I don’t feel the way I’m supposed to feel.

Charlie Brown: I just don’t understand Christmas, I guess. I like getting presents and sending Christmas cards and decorating trees and all that, but I’m still not happy. I always end up feeling depressed.

Linus Van Pelt: Charlie Brown, you’re the only person I know who can take a wonderful season like Christmas and turn it into a problem. Maybe Lucy’s right. Of all the Charlie Browns in the world, you’re the Charlie Browniest.

Ok – so of all the Charlie Browns in the world – is Paul also on the list for the Charlie Browniest?  Could be!

However…

Even grinchy Paul knows that Christmas is not a deadline.  It does not come from a store.  How about the grinchiest grinch of all?  After he stole all of the Christmas items from all the Whos in Whoville – he found out he could not stop the joy of Christmas.  OK, queue up the Grinch please.

He puzzled and puzzled till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before. Maybe Christmas, he thought… doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas, perhaps… means a little bit more!

OK – he gets it, Paul finally gets it.  It’s time to change his approach.   Maybe it’s really best to approach Christmas with a bit more innocence – innocence like a child.  Just like we believe God did on that very first Christmas.

However…

Acting like a child is easier if you have one around to act with.  OK, queue up the children please!

Our wish is that you may also approach this Christmas with the innocence AND enthusiasm of a child AND that all your travel dreams come true in the New Year!

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