I’ll Be Home for Christmas

December 24, 2011

Pastor's Study

All the presents are purchased (at least I think so.)  The kids and grandkids are getting ready to come over for Christmas Eve.  Tomorrow, they will all be here and we get to play Santa and then enjoy Christmas at God’s House!!   And I have learned one thing:  Christmas is gonna cost you this year, especially if you are a traditionalist. According to PNC Wealth Management, the cost of the 12 Days of Christmas in the classic holiday song is $24,263 (up $823 from last year!)  Blame it on those seven- swans of swimming – their price jumped from $5,600 in 2010 to $6,300 this year!

Now, if someone wanted to buy his or her True Love all 364 gifts on the list — all 12 Drummers Drumming, three French Hens and the rest — it would cost a whopping $101,120, a 4.4 percent increase from last year.  As the only unskilled laborers, the cost of hiring eight Maids-a-Milking, represented with a $7.25-an-hour minimum wage, did not go up.  Each gold ring went down slightly in price, now standing at $645.  Costliest items are the nine Ladies Dancing at $6,294, followed 10 Lords A-Leaping, which are priced at $4,766 each.  Biggest price jump is for Turtle Doves, which went from $100 to $125.  Partridges are now $15 and the cost of the pear tree rose $20 to $170. Calling Birds are less expensive this year, dropping from $600 to $520.  There were small increases in the cost of Drummers Drumming (now $2,629) and Pipers Piping ($2,427).

But if you think Christmas cost you and me, stop a minute to think what the first Christmas, the REAL Christmas, cost the Ones Who really gave.  Of course, it cost the Father His Son.  But, did you ever stop to think that this also works in reverse?  Bethlehem, or Nazareth for that matter, wasn’t any bargain even by earthly standards, and yet Jesus traded it for His seat at the right hand of the Father.  And before you tell me you won’t be in Church on Christmas Day because you will be with your family, consider that Jesus, the inventor of Christmas, lived on this earth thirty-odd years and never spent a single December 25th with His Dad!!  Sort of puts the whole thing into perspective, doesn’t it?

So go easy on the spending this year, and give lavishly the same gift Christ gave the first Christmas:  “A Savior, which is Christ the Lord.”

I’ll be home for Christmas.

About Pastor

My Family: My wife and I have been married for 30 years (wow! that's hard to believe.) We have four wonderful children and EIGHT perfect grandchildren!! Education: I received my Bachelor of Arts degree in Pastoral Theology from Tennessee Temple University. After serving Bethel Baptist Church in Ontario, Canada as Youth Pastor and South Buncombe Baptist in Asheville, NC as Associate Pastor, we moved to Wake Forest, NC where I attended Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. In 1995, I received my Master of Divinity degree (with languages.) From 1999-2001, I attended Southern Baptist Theological Seminary pursuing my Doctor of Ministry degree in Expository Preaching. Ministry: I have had the privilege of pastoring three wonderful congregations (Montwood Baptist 1993-1997; Union Baptist 1997-2002; and, South Fork Baptist 2010-present.) In 2010, God brought a very special group of people into my life. South Fork has become much more than a ministry to my family - it has become our home. If you are looking for a Church to call home, you will not find a better group of people than the family that makes up South Fork.

View all posts by Pastor

No comments yet.

Leave a Reply