Merry Christmas in July!

Merry Christmas in July!

It’s Christmas! Well, not exactly; but it is Christmas in July. We are well over the half way point toward that glorious day. If you couldn’t tell already, I love Christmas. I am “that guy” who will blast Christmas music on a hot summer day. I am even listening to Celine Dion’s Christmas album right now. I know I know… Overkill. I am sorry, but the thought of Christmas fills me with joy. It brings me to good times. Red cups, chilly weather, family time, and of course the main reason: the recognition of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. There’s just nothing wrong with the holiday. So, why do people cringe at the thought of it? Go ahead and test it out. Wish someone “Merry Christmas in July” or say something like, “Wow, we’re only 5 months away until Christmas” and see what reaction you get.

It’s an interesting thing that a holiday with a message of joy and peace is looked at as a nuisance. We have many who look at Christmas as this annoyance rather than an opportunity to come together and celebrate. For many, it’s a time of stressful plays and pageantries, or one giant credit card bill. Or, maybe it’s a time to see family members that just don’t fit your mold. There are even those annoyed at the commercialism of Christmas and honestly, I can see why that might make some not want to celebrate.

I used to be the one frustrated with Christmas because of the plays I had to help develop and direct. I would actually dread it and couldn’t wait for the holidays to be over. I look back and realize how sad it was to allow myself to rob the joy that Christmas brought. I had to reset myself on my thoughts of Christmas. If I just took a breath and reformatted a little bit, then I might look at this time for what it really is. I think if we look at many situations in our lives like this, we might learn to thrive in the very situation that used to bring us down.

Now, Christmas is a time of laughter and a time I anticipate greatly; a time to see smiles and be with friends and family. I try to carry that same joy everyday. I know it sounds super cheesy and sounds cliché. You know when people say, “Christmas should be celebrated every day”? Well, yeah, that’s me. I try my very best to carry that point of view with everything I do.

So, just as the awesome Celine Dion sings, “Don’t save it all on Christmas Day”, let’s try our best to hold that true. Merry Christmas in July, everyone!

Jason Velazquez
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