By L&T Publisher Eaarl Watt
When Santa makes his rounds later tonight, this Christmas season will have come and gone in a blur.
With Thanksgiving coming so late, and delaying the Christmas Parade by a week due to weather, it sees as though Christmas has come very early.
I’m sure the kids don’t believe that. They have been struggling to fall asleep each night, watching holiday specials and waiting for that last school bell to ring last week.
Christmas has always been something special in Liberal, and this year was no different.
The Rock in Downtown Liberal started the season with decorations and inviting shoppers to get a jump on the gifting season.
Baker Arts had its annual holiday events as did OTLR with its Tour of Homes.
The city decorated the street lights along Kansas Avenue and transformed Adventure Bay into a winter wonderland.
The South Church of God had its second annual Living Nativity dinner theater.
While the gifts are nice, and spending time with family and friends is always a treat, we cannot forget the reason why we celebrate this time of year.
Spend some time sharing the reason for the season with your family.
If that seems a little uncomfortable, here are a few ideas that may help.
Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown.
If you have this show, share it with your children, and in 30 minutes you will have allowed them to see the true meaning of Christmas.
After Charlie Brown is ridiculed by Lucy for getting a pathetic tree for the Christmas play, Charlie Brown asks if anyone knows what Christmas is all about.
Linus answers by telling the Christmas story of shepherds watching their flocks at night when an angel of the Lord appeared. He goes on to tell how the shepherds were told about a newborn babe being born who will be a savior to all people.
If you aren’t sure how to tell the story, Linus can do it for you.
The Little Drummer Boy.
While this is a fun story about a little drummer boy, it is also a brilliant way to share the Christmas story with your children or grandchildren.
Not only does it feature the Vienna Boys Choir singing the classic carol, but it tells the story in a way that will be real to children.
I have to admit, each year when the drummer boy approaches Mary, Joseph and the newborn baby in the stable, I get a little something in my eye.
Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town.
This one can be tricky. The video is best because some television versions are edited differently.
The key to this movie narrated by Fred Astaire is the moment when Santa Claus gets married.
Astaire mentions that they wed in the countryside, as “they stood before the Lord.” It’s a rare moment that connected the secular with the spiritual, and it shows that even Santa was obedient to God.
The best way is to share the story right from the pages of the Good Book.
Luke 2:1-20 shares the story of the birth, and there are other references as well, but this is a good start.
Tonight, when the kids are getting ready for bed, if it is not a tradition throughout the year, maybe this would be a good time to kneel beside the bed and pray with your kids.
There’s no one way, whatever you do will be fine. Let your kids see that Mom and Dad believe in God.
If you no longer have kids at home, pray for them wherever they may be.
If you aren’t sure about the birth of Jesus, that’s okay, too. Pray about it.
The length is not important. You can do it in silence.
Thank God for what you have, and for his son. This season is, after all, a birthday party. It should be celebrated with gifts, food and family.
Let’s remember whose birthday it is.