As William Ward (and the liturgical calendar) reminds us, it is still Christmas. I like Ward’s poem because in each stanza we are presented both sides of the season: the secular and the sacred. Too often we are presented with a false choice of having to pick one side (usually the secular) while sacrificing the other (usually the sacred). I was able to prove to myself that this does not have to be the case and enjoyed a festive and faith-filled season this year. As is often the case it comes down to balance. A harmony of choices. With just a little planning I was able to set aside time for the sacred while keeping the secular in perspective and avoided having the whole thing come crashing down in a stressful heap when I lost my balance. And you know something? Christmas is more.
by William Arthur Ward
Christmas is more than a time of music, merriment and mirth;
it is a season of meditation, managers and miracles.
Christmas is more than a time of gaiety, greenery and gifts;
it is a season of wonder, worship and wisemen.
Christmas is more than a time of tinsel, trees and toys;
it is a season of preparation, prayers and peace.
Christmas is more than a time of festivities, family and friends;
it is a season of generosity, gladness and gratitude.
Christmas is more than a time of carols, cards and candy;
it is a season of dedication, direction and decision.
Christmas is more than Santa, stockings and surprises;
it is Christ, care and concern.
Here’s a group having fun by making Christmas more. A big tip o’ my cap goes to Mark Shea for posting this video the other day from Alaska. From the creator of the video comes this:
Hallelujah Chorus -Kuinerrarmiut Elitnaurviat 5th Grade – Quinhagak, Alaska. Wow!! Thank you for all for the wonderful comments. The village of Quinhagak is glowing because of them. The amount of views is mind blowing!! (Admin: as of this writing over 1.4 million people have watched it since it was posted on 12/20/2010) Considering this video was intended for an audience of about 200. As many of you have thought, the kids worked very hard on this project. They put in 10 hours of work shooting all the scenes (on a weekend nonetheless!!) I am very proud of them! Thank you also for pointing out the apostrophes! I now have a very teachable moment once we start school again. One they will never forget!! I’m just glad I spelled “Hallelujah” correct. Thank you on behalf of Quinhagak, Alaska!! Merry Christmas!!