’Tis the season to be jolly
by BETTIE MARLOWE, Banner Staff Writer
Dec 14, 2012 | 600 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
“Don’t you mess up my Christmas!” So says the pious celebrator. In other words, “I forbid you to do anything that will take away my pleasure in celebrating Christmas.”

So what would that be? Not getting the desired presents? The turkey burning? Bad weather? Mean attitudes? Family not showing up? And so forth ...

How could any of those things impose gloom on a celebration of God’s greatest gift to mankind. Sure, we know that Dec. 25 is not the actual date of Christ’s birth. We know that some of the things we do in our celebration comes from customs and traditions. But this we also know ... when we do it as unto the Lord, it puts it in a whole different realm ... “we are the Lord’s” (Romans 14:8).

’Tis the season to be jolly — fa la la la la la la la la ...

Jolly means joyful and merry as in the feast of the nativity (American Dictionary of the English Language, Noah Webster 1828), pleasureable, exciting mirth, happy and cheerful. A Christian has the right and privilege to be jolly, so rejoice and sing His praises

“... behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people” (Luke 1:10).

Why? Because, in the city of David, is born a Saviour, “which is Christ the Lord.”

With the proof comes the confirmation of peace and good will toward men.

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There have been many seasons: of wandering, dry season, wet seasons, seasons of offerings, seasons of harvest, seasons of planting. Ecclesiastes (the Preacher) 3:1 tells us “to everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heavens:” — some are seasons of mourning and some are seasons of rejoicing.

But this is “the season to be jolly — fa la la la la la la la la ...”

It’s not just a day ... it’s not the date ... it’s not an hour ... it’s a season. And the “season” is determined in a person’s heart by the knowledge of Jesus Christ.

God set the season and the time. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” John 3:16.”

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David said, Psalm 42:3-5: “My tears have been my meat day and night, while they continually say unto me, Where is thy God? When I remember these things, I pour out my soul in me: for I had gone with the multitude, I went with them to the house of God, with the voice of joy and praise, with a multitude that kept holyday. (Wonderful!) Why art thou cast down, O my soul? And why art thou disquieted in me? Hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him for the help of his countenance.”

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“Therefore will I remember thee ...” (Psalm 42:6).

“Where is he that is born King of the Jews? For we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him” (Matthew 2:2).

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EDITOR’S NOTE: “Deck the Hall” is an old Welsh traditional song celebrating Yuletide (Christmas) and the coming of the New Year. Other lines include: “Follow me in merry measure, While I tell of Yuletide treasure.” And “Sing we joyous all together, Heedless of the wind and weather.” So “Strike the harp and join the chorus, fa la la la la la la la la.”