I have to admit, I have struggled to get in the secular Christmas spirit this year. With all the commercialization and political correctness plaguing the holiday, it is becoming hard to figure out what we are truly celebrating.
Shopping is certainly something I do not aspire to take on as a hobby (unlike my wife), especially when some of the meanest and bad-mannered people on this planet are Christmas shoppers. My wife, Amy, and I almost witnessed a fight between customers in a retail location during a recent expedition to find our children gifts for Christmas. One shopper thought another shopper was attempting to break in line and she certainly let her know where the end of the line was located. Then at another store I watched as Amy stood in line for several minutes to checkout only to watch a lady disrespectfully walk right past her and proceed to checkout. I laughed out loud in dismay and I guess I was a little too loud as the hurried gal turned around and gave me the evil eye. I should’ve turned the other cheek, but in true Gardner-form I gave her as best evil eye as I could muster right back. (Lord forgive me and I really hope this lady has a merry Christmas.)
Last week I was reminded, even though I feel like many have lost touch with the true meaning of CHRISTmas, that there are people who still promote joy this time of year. Two events that helped me to get in the Christmas spirit involved members of the Appling County School System’s choral department.
On Monday evening Amy and I attended the annual Christmas concert hosted by the choral department at the Appling County Fine Arts Building. Middle and high school students did an outstanding job during this event. In addition the students were allowed to sing secular and Christian songs thanks to the department’s fearless leader, Karen Davis, who always does a wonderful job leading this program. Then on Tuesday evening while lounging in my recliner at home, after a busy day at work, the doorbell chimed and we opened the door to find Appling County High School Chorus members choraling. This was a welcome gesture that took my mind of the troubles of a long busy day.
I tend to lose sight at times of the occurrences transpiring around me that can bring joy to my life, like the above-mentioned events. Many thanks to the young men and women of the choral department involved in all schools for bringing joy to our lives during this holy of seasons.
This Christmas let’s all try to bring joy into the lives of others. The staff of The News-Banner wishes everyone a blessed and merry Christmas. Please remember to invite Christ to the celebration this year and please don’t act like me and give others the evil eye.