Rejoicing or Airing Grievances?

“And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.”–Luke 2:20

In a famous episode of Seinfeld, George’s father explains their family celebration of “Festivus” as a replacement for Christmas.

This celebration included erecting a pole, a wrestling match and the “airing of grievances,” in which the family gathered for the annual session of complaining.

In Francesca Battistelli’s song Heaven Everywhere (you need to listen to that song!), she sings about how so many folks seem a little nicer, a little happier around Christmas. One line says “somehow there’s a little more of love, maybe there’s a little less of us.”

It’s really up to us isn’t it? Are we going to gripe our way through the traffic and crowds and family gatherings of Christmas – or are we going to rejoice and demonstrate the joy of Christmas?

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