Why I’m Glad Christmas Is Over

January 1, 2014

Christmas. Is. Over.

I spent twelve years working in retail, both in a mom-and-pop and large stores. Christmas meant long hours, cranky customers, and avoiding being trampled on Black Friday.

I don’t miss the retail rush of holiday gift-giving. Somehow squabbling over Tickle-Me-Elmo never made me think more highly of the birth of Jesus.

Because of the hectic pace of the holidays, I always looked forward to the day after Christmas as much as Christmas day. As we took a deep breath and removed decorations after Christmas each year, my boss always said, “Christmas. Is. Over.”

The good news is that when God became man that first Christmas day, it wasn’t the end of redemption for the human race, but just the beginning.

Reason for Hope

That first Christmas day, people were largely in the dark about God’s redemptive plans through Christ. They had prophecies and promises, but didn’t know what it all meant. The human race stood unwittingly poised on the edge of redemption, yet their sinful situation had still not been remedied.

Imagine if that had been where the story had ended. Imagine if the Christmas season, the coming of God as a baby, had been extended indefinitely throughout the ages.

No cross. No sacrifice for sins. No atonement. No forgiveness. No adoption. No resurrection. No hope.

That’s why I say that the best part began when Christmas ended.

The baby grew up. The promise became reality. The child in the manger became the Savior on the cross. The infant of Bethlehem became the hope of the hope a fallen world. And the humble carpenter took his rightful place at the right hand of the Father “waiting from that time until his enemies should be made a footstool for his feet” (Heb. 10:13).

Christ or Christmas?

Now that’s a message I can get excited about! In order for the triumphant truth of victory to become reality, Christmas—as important as it was—had to end. We now live in that glorious reality because, (you guessed it!) Christmas. Is. Over.

As we celebrate the coming of our Savior in this season, let’s put our focus on what He finished more than on what He began.  Sure, the peaceful babe in swaddling clothes makes for a better mantelpiece than a bloody cross, but it’s the empty tomb that forever reminds us that Christmas is over. The debt is paid. The Spirit has come. Praise God for it!

Jesus did not leave us longing for rest. He did what He was sent to do. He accomplished that brief but essential stage of His eternal mission. Now He’s moved on to a different phase, one in which He reigns as King of Kings while no longer calling me a stranger, but His friend.

Christmas. Is. Over.

And I, for one, am abundantly glad.



6 Comments to “Why I’m Glad Christmas Is Over”

  • Francie says:

    Praise the Lord! May our joy be evident the whole year through.

  • Charles says:

    Very good!
    And now we look for Him to come
    in a very different way!
    I believe it could be soon. Thank you for your help each day to keep me focused and encouraged to live in a way that others see more of Jesus and less of me.

  • Keith says:

    Well said & perfect! Thank Q & Happy New Year my friend! Shalom & Maranatha

  • Michelle says:

    I really appreciate this point of view also. Just for conversational purposes only, I’ve heard so many points of view this Christmas, about Christmas. One that came to mind as I was reading your post was completely opposite, but mind you it was for people that became depressed after the holidays. That’s not me, but it was something that stuck in my mind, and it was about how we could still celebrate the birth of Christ everyday….and because of that, we should not be depressed or sad. I’m just a working mom. My time is valuable, and I find myself sometimes overwhelmed with many opinions about so many things and here I sit typing my opinion and know that the Word is all I need. I think I’ll end now so I can pick up where I left off In my Bible. Thank you. I do love reading this site.

  • Mary says:

    Wonderful! I will share this with friends.

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