Now we have officially moved into the Christmas season. I am one of those people who does not want to listen to Christmas music or watch Christmas specials on TV before Thanksgiving, but as soon as we hit 12:01 on Friday morning, the floodgates open. It is not that I don’t love all of these things, but I want them during the particular season that they are meant to be enjoyed. It makes me think of the book of Ecclesiastes that talks about there being on time for everything.
I wonder why I do this though. If something is good, which Christmas celebrations are, then why should I voluntarily restrict myself to limit my consumption of that which is good? Wouldn’t Silent Night be just as meaningful in May as it is in December?
I think it would objectively be just as good in May as it is in December because it is after all the same song and can be performed by the exact same people. The quality of what the song is certainly doesn’t change depending on the month. The message doesn’t change either. It is still just as meaningful as it would be during the usual Christmas season.
Why then do I have this desire to limit my consumption of these objectively good things to one month of the year?
For me, it comes back to the idea that the Christmas season is meant to be special and different. Waiting to enjoy certain things for a particular time only increases the desire for those things. Think about everyone you know who has ever tried to go on a diet where they have to give up a particularly excellent food like chocolate. After voluntarily depriving themselves of chocolate for an extended period of time, when they finally have that one peanut butter cup or chocolate bar, it tastes that much better because it is special.
Also, Christmas is obviously much more than Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town for all of us Christians. This holiday celebrates the coming of our Lord and Savior to earth. The ultimate result of His mission was the gift of salvation for all who will freely accept it. Christmas is the first step in that journey.
Therefore, it ought to be something special. As I wrote last week on Thanksgiving, certainly we should be thankful all year around, and the same applies to Christmas. We ought to remember and celebrate Jesus’ birth every day. However, having a dedicated season where we remember this amazing event in special ways helps us enjoy it extra. Building up the anticipation for a season we enjoy at least helps me appreciate it that much more.
For the next month, I am certainly going to be enjoying all the Christmas spirit I can. The decorations are going to be on my desk at work later today, and I have already found the Christmas playlists on Spotify. I have been waiting, and now the time has come. The anticipation only makes it better.