What’s The Big Deal About Christmas?
Have you seen the TV show undercover boss? It's an Emmy award-winning show in its 4th season. The gist of the show is that business owners disguise themselves as common workers and take menial jobs somewhere within the company. They observe their fellow employees to see if they have the spirit and vision of the company and they watch how their employees handle relationships with the customers. At the end of the show the “Boss” reveals himself to the workers and rewards them if their work represented the values of the company. On one show the best worker received a franchise to the company and their own store. On another show a mom received $45,000 to help her start a college fund for her children while another employee received money to buy a needed new car. It's always tearful during the reveal as the “Boss” meets the needs of workers that he uncovered during his stint as labor.
But what does this have to do with Christmas? That time of year when everyone is on their best behavior to stay off the naughty list. You know what I'm talking about. There's a feeling in the air “of Christmas.” What is it about this time of year that warms the heart of so many people? This holiday season is always filled with many activities from baking cookies to buying gifts to preparing for company to Christmas pageants.
At one Christmas pageant the children on the front row the stage all held letters to the to reveal during the song “Christmas love.” The performance was cute as all the kids sang and one by one turned their letters over. One little girl holding the letter “M” had mistakenly turned her letter into a “W.” She was totally unaware and went through the entire song with her letter upside down. Snickers and giggles came from the audience as the song continued. The audience was surprised at the end when all the kids held up their letters high and read the message “Christ Was love!”
So you see just like on the TV show Undercover Boss...
Love came down at Christmas,
Love all lovely, love divine;
Love was born at Christmas,
Star and angels gave the sign.
Worship we the Godhead,
Love incarnate, love divine;
Worship we our Jesus:
But wherewith for sacred sign?
Love shall be our token,
Love shall be yours and love be mine,
Love to God and to all men,
Love for plea and gift and sign.
-Christina Rossetti (1830-1894)