“Merry Christmas, In Keeping With the Situation…”

My favorite Christmas spot next to our Charlie Brown tree.

These are the words of Scrooge’s maid when she sarcastically declares her greeting to Mr. Scrooge on Christmas morning. I always wondered what that phrase meant ‘in keeping with the situation.’ The Brits have their own quirky phrases and this is indeed one of them. I guess it simply means keeping Christmas, carrying out its usual traditions.

The situation in our household this year has not been conducive to keeping Christmas. I find myself the embodiment of both Scrooge and the Grinch, with a bit of the Abominable thrown in, too. Let me explain, though what follows is no excuse.

I have not kept up well with this blog. Or housework. Or clutter. Or my newly-opened booth space in our local antique mall. I have been overwhelmed with too much on my plate at once. But it’s all my fault. The biggest reason why I haven’t kept up with all my situations is that my dear husband gave me a big gift this year, something I wanted for a long time. We renovated our kitchen! This was my dream in 2015 as we built up some savings. It was my squashed dream in 2016 when cancer happened instead. Alas, our kitchen was demoed on September 11, 2017, (very appropriately), plaster falling in chunks from the old ceiling. Out with the old, in with the new. We have a beautiful old world style kitchen at last. You would think I’d be jumping for joy. Well, yes, sometimes I do. But it was such a struggle to get things done right. So many things went wrong. A most intense trial of patience (three months!) to say the least. So I ended up emotionally exhausted and entirely unprepared for keeping with the situation of Christmas.

Adding to that situation, other things broke while we built a new kitchen, including Mike’s car and two of my back molars!, ugh. I have not been in debt for over ten years and that situation frightens me. Add to that a large disappointment when Mike did not get a new situation at work that would have meant day shift and a raise.

It is December 15 and I don’t feel like keeping with the situation. But what is keeping with the situation of Christmas?

Is it that big fat tree? Is it baking 3 batches of 12 different kinds of cookies? Is it pleasing everyone by fulfilling their wish lists to the max?

As Christians, we know the answer. That’s not what it’s all about, Charlie Brown.

Speaking of Charlie Brown, we have a Charlie Brown Christmas tree this year. In keeping with the situation of being financially wiped out. Isn’t he delightful? In the pic on the left, Mike has just finished putting plastic on our drafty old windows. He’s installing the new energy-efficient-I-hope drapes I bought, with naked Charlie in the foreground. On the right is Charlie, all decked out. He’s not so bad after all.

I’m rambling right off the cuff today. Mike is on his way to Michigan to visit his parents for Christmas and I’m staying home, because our dog, Pignoli, is having trouble with his back legs and I don’t want him in a kennel or left alone too long. Another sad situation.

Perhaps when Mike gets home, we will cherish one another better. We certainly snipped away at each other during the kitchen renovation.

Merry Christmas, in keeping with the perspective.

And that perspective is this:

And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. — John 1:14

For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
 — Luke 2:11

And He is coming again:

And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. — Matthew 24:30

This is truth. And meditating on Christ, both His first coming and His second coming, is in keeping with the perspective of the Incarnation Celebration.

So when I hear Perry Como sing God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, (yes, those old crooners are far better than the twittering Twain and bouncing Beyonce) I will truly feel that REST, COMFORT AND JOY.

In keeping with the perspective, Merry INCARNATION of Jesus Christ! May your heart be filled with COMFORT and JOY in knowing Him as your Savior.