Putting the Bounce Back into Christmas

Christmas can fall a bit flat, if we are not careful.  Nothing depresses my yuletide mood more than navigating the crowded shops.
I’m not a happy shopper at the best of times! 
Having said that, I just love the current John Lewis Christmas advert, featuring a boxer dog and a trampoline. It reminds me of a photo I saw on Facebook recently. It showed half the members of the leadership team of my former church enjoying themselves with childlike abandon on a bouncy castle. It had been put up in the church for a children’s party, but the leaders got there first. Grow up, you lot! Then again, don’t. Embrace your inner child!

Christmas is a time for unfettered joy. That joy comes from appreciating its true meaning. Matthew’s Gospel reminds us of the reaction of the Wisemen to seeing the star which pointed to where Jesus was:

When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceedingly great joy. (Matthew 2:10)
Not just joy.  Not just great joy. But exceedingly great joy. Christmas joy is rooted in God’s gift to the world of his only Son, and the knowledge that we are deeply, deeply loved. So deck the halls.  ’Tis the season to be jolly.  And come, let us adore him, Christ the Lord!

Blessed Christmas,