by: Brent Smith at the Common Constitutionalist
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Christmas is almost upon us. And for those like me who celebrate it, we really look forward to this particular holiday season.
But one of the problems with being a political commentator is that it’s what readers, listeners and viewers expect all the time. One doesn’t want to navigate to their favorite political website, only to discover that it’s filled only with recipes and how to put together the perfect holiday gift basket.
Normally this isn’t a problem for us. No matter the season, there is always something going on in this country or worldwide for which to dovetail into politics. Sad really, but true, particularly in the ongoing battle against leftism. The left, as we are well aware, always boils everything down to politics, especially when it comes to religious holidays like Christmas and Easter.
For any radical Antifa members or hard left followers who happened to be reading this article, Christmas is a celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ, and Easter is the celebration of his resurrection after he was crucified by the Romans. And for those who are unfamiliar with crucifixion, you can ask New Jersey Senator Corey Booker – if you find him these days. Corey knows all about it, for he is still Spartacus!
All joking aside, we conservatives don’t live by politics alone. We attempt to order our lives as the founders of this nation envisioned. And part of that vision, in my opinion, is to put politics away and instead share what’s really important – celebration of God, family and country – in that order.
First and foremost the celebration of Christmas is of the birth of Christ. Celebrating his birth need not be a grand spectacle. It can be as simple as dropping to your knees on Christmas morning and thanking God for this day – maybe recalling the Bible passage from Luke 2:6.
And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
As Linus told Charlie Brown in the wonderful Peanuts Christmas special: “That’s what Christmas is all about…”
Second is the celebration of the gift of family – loved ones. This should be celebrated and venerated.
We quite often take our families for granted. They’ve always been there, so they will always be. But just look around. There are so many less fortunate who have no family to share in the blessings of Christmas. Many families are spread out over the country and simply aren’t able to gather together. Near or far, make an effort to reach out and just thank your loved ones. Let them know you’re thinking of them and tell them you love them.
Finally country. Little thought is given to thanking God for America. Our founders were convinced that this nation was blessed by God, and they’re right. There is no better place to be this Christmas than in America. It’s not jingoistic to think so. It just is, and it too is worthy of a pray.
So before you start your Christmas morning with family, loved ones and friends, Thank Jesus Christ for showing us the way, thank God for your family and thank him for the country you were lucky enough to be born in or immigrate to.