Christmas is everywhere!
Even this morning as I was reading about how Solomon was building the Temple for the reknown and glory of the Name of the Lord and to establish his own house, I read this, surely a precursor to our Christmas ornamentation:
“He made wreaths of [gold] chainwork, as in the inner sanctuary, and put them on top of pillars; and he made one hundred pomegranates and put them on the wreaths of chainwork.” 2 Chronicles 3.16
I sigh wearily of hearing Christians who attribute all the symbols of Christmas to ancient pagan traditions. The tree, my brothers and sisters (created in the Garden where God walked first), the lights (Jesus IS the Light of the World, after all), the gift-giving (must I mention John 3.16 and the inspiration to all-gift-giving ever for all times based on this, THE most amazing gift ever?), and all the rest seem to be up for scrutiny every year. If I act a wee bit too joyous they remind me, like the father-in-law at Clark Griswold’s Christmas Vacation, “The little lights aren’t twinkling.” The bah-humbuggers want to drop-kick the joy and the meaning we have tried with our little human efforts to capture right out the door.
I don’t think the Advent wreath on which I light a candle is some all-holy-get-me-into-heaven thing. Nor do I believe God is displeased that I annually string lights and drag out the Nativity set and wrap gifts for the people I love.
What is a wreath after all? It is something woven into a circular shape and hung purely for its beauty. Or placed on the head of some one royal. It is part of my Christmas, my Christ Mass, my worship of the Christ (Christmas=Christ worship). While I am living to proclaim the reknown of the Name of the Lord on the earth, I am also establishing and decorating my home at Christmas. Solomon did it for the love of God. And so do I. His were real gold, heavy in richness. Mine are simple branches woven and beribboned.
Someday, the wreath of my life, the things I have feebly woven together in honor to God will be the crown on my head. But like the twenty-four Elders in Revelation
“[they] fall down before Him who sits on the throne and worship Him who lives until the Ages of the Ages and they cast their wreaths down in front of the throne…” Rev. 4.10 wey
The traditions we keep aren’t sacred. They are just our ways of celebrating and enjoying the story of our redemption, God’s plan, a Savior! They just mark our deliverance from darkness into His marvelous light. They are only the symbols we use to try to depict a God so great that even our words fail us.
Let me have my wreath and worship with it, too…Jeanie
NOTE TO SELF: Weave golden moments and bejeweled treasures together into love-wreaths for people all around-even and especially the bah-humbuggers.
pictured: the front door one night last year…