Keep the CHRIST in Christmas

MERRY (early) CHRISTMAS!!! This will be my last blog for the year 2014 and I wanted to leave you with a simple message. Keep the Christ in Christmas. With the commercialization of Christmas, it’s easy to get caught in the superficiality of Christmas and totally miss the substance. Three examples of things that I’ve noticed in the last couple of weeks leading up to this Christmas are as follows:

1) Of course we know about the Christmas sales at your local retail store, but the lengths that they are going to to get your hard earned money is staggering. I brought a Christmas gift for my wife and apparently earned $15 of store credit that I could only use in the store between a Tuesday and a Thursday on a given week (which didn’t benefit me AT ALL since I get paid—much like everybody else—on Friday’s).

2) On my local radio stations, I KNOW I’ve heard more Christmas songs (or at least Christmas-based songs) on the non-Gospel, light music radio station than I do on the ACTUAL Gospel station. Christmas has the word CHRIST in it and, logically, the Christian’s on the Gospel station should be playing some sort of Jesus-based Christmas songs for the holiday season. Definitely something wrong with that.

3) As I was watching TV the other day, I saw a commercial for a new movie coming out at the top of January titled “The Woman In Black 2 Angels of Death” and I was like “Seriously? You’re going to put a horror movie out RIGHT AFTER CHRISTMAS???” Definitely something wrong with that too.

So what does all of this mean? When we remove Christ from Christmas, all we have is time off from work with no real significance. Therefore I urge you to take a little time out and say “HAPPY BIRTHDAY JESUS!” Put yourself in Jesus’ shoe for a second. What if every time your birthday came around, people gave gifts to everyone else EXCEPT YOU? How would you feel?

Bottom line, keep the Christ in Christmas! Why? Because there ain’t no Santa Claus coming down your chimney tonight.

Better yet, you should hear the “No Santa” musical message from YPJ (Youth Pastor J) and FVC.

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! More blogs to come in early 2015!!! Stay tuned…


“Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” Analyzed

My regular day-to-day, 9-to-5 job is data analysis. This skill has helped me immensely especially when it comes to writing these blogs. Therefore, I thought I would pull on that skill once again to do a real world analysis of one of our most beloved Santa Clause-based songs, “Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer”. If you don’t know the song, check it out here (as sung by one of my favorite groups “The Temptations”):

So now let’s analyze this stanza by stanza.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Had a very shiny nose
And if you ever saw it
You would even say it glow

If I ever saw this phenomenon, I probably would say that it glows… but I’m sure I wouldn’t JUST say that it glows, I’d probably be yelling to everyone and anyone who would listen that I saw a mutant reindeer with a red glowing radioactive nose.

All of the other reindeer
Used to laugh and call him names
They never let poor Rudolph
Join in any reindeer games

So basically, the other reindeer were jerks to poor Rudolph with the red glowing radioactive nose. I would almost ask the question “What grade are we in?” but then again we are talking about reindeer… who aren’t human… and don’t go to school…

Then one foggy Christmas Eve
Santa came to say
“Rudolph with your nose so bright
Won’t you guide my sleigh tonight?”

It’s funny how Santa was never mentioned as keeping order when the other reindeer were laughing and calling young Rudolph names… but I digress. It seems that, at this point, there was an impossible situation happening that could only be solved by making the most hated of the reindeer group the leader of those who hated him.

Additionally, being that Santa asked a question, shouldn’t that line be “Then one foggy Christmas Eve, Santa came to ASK”???

Then all the reindeer loved him
As they shouted out with glee
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
You’ll go down in history

First and foremost, reindeer are not only jerks, but they’re superficial jerks. They hated Rudolph for his disability, then all of a sudden they loved him when they figured that he could provide a service to them. Moral of the story, fake friends have no problem using YOUR talents for their benefit. Get some REAL friends.

Also notice that Santa asked the question “Won’t you guide my sleigh tonight?”, but it never mentions whether or not Rudolph answered “Yes”. We automatically assume that Rudolph said “yes”, because of the gleeful reaction of the other reindeer… but I theoretically submit to you that:

  1. Perhaps Rudolph didn’t say “yes” and the other reindeer were happy that Rudolph wasn’t leading them ANYWHERE with that radioactive bio-hazard snout of his.
  2. Perhaps Rudolph didn’t say “yes” and the other reindeer were happy that Rudolph stood up to Santa Claus… who could have been the tyrant of the North Pole region (and we just didn’t know it).
  3. Perhaps Rudolph didn’t say “yes” because REINDEER DON’T TALK. Ergo, Rudolph wouldn’t have answered Santa in the first place.

Either way, those three reasons are a pretty good reason to go down in history.

(after all… we still sing this song to this day… pretty historical to me)

DISCLAIMER: As a Christian, I don’t believe in Santa Claus as the figure that shows up magically and does magical things once a year. I DO, however, believe in Nikolaos of Myra, who actually did live in what is now modern day Turkey and had a reputation for secret gift giving.

Want to learn more, check out the full story here:

Tastes Like Musical Chicken

I don’t know if I’m getting older or what, but the more and more I hear Christmas music (which is only one month out of the year), it seems to be homogenizing into this Hip-Hop/R&B/Pop musical fruitcake. With the exception of those Christmas classics from decades past (think Burl Ives, Jose Feliciano, Nat King Cole, and the like), it seems that Christmas music is not quite Christmas-y enough.

For example, I heard “Oh Holy Night” this week. I know this song from the hymn book and have played it numerous times. This version, however, was the Kelly Clarkson/American Idol version and I was like “WHY ARE THEY MAKING THE BIRTH OF JESUS ALL SULTRY???” Singing a Jesus-related Christmas song with the phone-sex operator voice is NOT a good match.

Therefore, I am putting my foot down and making an official statement:

(It just ain’t right)

Unless you’re Isaac Hayes singing “Mistletoe and Me”. THAT is the only exception.