‘member when I was little and we lived in a town of 600 people in Minnesota? And member how every Christmastime we would go to the American Legion and watch old Laurel and Hardy movies on a big screen? and then member how we would play games like Bingo and win prizes and one time Tanya won a turkey? member that?
And member how when we left, they always handed everyone a little brown lunch sack filled with peanuts in the shell, tiny candy canes, and an orange? And member how happy that little gift made me?
When I left that place and walked home in the snowiness, everything was right with the world. And I was completely content…and I hadn’t even opened any presents yet.
And I think maybe that is a key to Christmas joy—contentment and gratefulness. Contentment for what we have…and gratefulness for what we have been given—namely Jesus—because we need nothing else—not even peanuts or presents or turkeys.
And that’s worth remembering.