Are you still eating Christmas leftovers? If they have anything to do with baked goodies, then, by all means, carry on. Nothing wrong with helping that Christmas spirit linger a little longer. But one thing you definitely should avoid. And that’s a Christmas hangover.
And if you’re wondering what a Christmas hangover is, then you don’t have one.
But apparently a lot of people suffer from it. And since the main age group of sufferers appears to be 8 years old to about 12 or 13, it doesn’t come from drinking too much spiked eggnog.
No, this hangover has to do with not wanting all those “joy to the world” feelings to go away. And not wanting the rush from opening presents to go away. And not wanting all the people who went away to go away.
Sure, I get it. Christmas can be a big bunch of fun.
But if and when you focus on the fun…the feelings…you’re the perfect candidate for a hangover.
And you’ll miss out on the lasting effects of why Christmas even exists.
Because Christmas didn’t start in a fancy department store in New York City. Or any other city. And it didn’t start in an ad agency. And it didn’t even start in Hollywood. Gasp! Can that be true? What would George Bailey or the bishop’s wife say? No, Christmas is based on the most important person who ever lived or ever will live.
And, no, that’s not you. Despite what your mother might have told you.
And it’s not some CEO, mayor, president, or king. Oh, wait a minute. Let’s go back to that last one. King. Yeah, the most important person who ever lived IS a king. No, wait. I should say is THE King.
But, on that first Christmas, that most important person was NOT a king. So, it’s sort of miraculous how wise men traveled long distances just to bring a little baby some gifts. And from what I’ve read about it, if anybody was gonna suffer from a Christmas hangover, it would surely have been them.
Because they experienced the in-person presence of God.
Can you imagine how you’d feel after that? I think I’d want that feeling to go on and on. But maybe that’s just me.
But those feelings associated with opening presents and eating lots of goodies? No, they’re just feelings. And if you’re suffering with that hangover, then you’re either a kid or an adult who hasn’t matured.
Either way, you need the only cure there is for such a hangover.
The King is the cure for this “present” age.
And the answer is clear for a seeker.
Logic, not feelings, can make you a sage.
And with Jesus, you’re stronger, not weaker.
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