One of my neighbors puts up his Christmas lights Thanksgiving weekend most every year.  My other neighbors are usually lighted by the next week’s end.  For some reason, I don’t normally put them up until the second week of December or so.  My wife said to me this year when I grabbed the ladder to put them up, “Why bother?  Christmas is almost here.”  In other words, what she was saying without saying it is, “You lazy bum.  Why in the world did you wait this long to make our house a Christmas wonderland?  All the other houses have had theirs up for weeks now.  It’s kind of embarrassing.  You’re killing me.”

Ok, maybe not that bad, but still.   I did put the lights up and if I do say so my darn self, they look pretty good.  Christmas lights remind us that God sent His Son into the world to bring light into the darkness.  John 1:4-5 “In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.  And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.”  This light was Jesus.  “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us…”  Actually, not only was Jesus the light of the world, but He said to you and I that we are the light of the world too.

It is interesting to me that there is a systematic war being waged against Christmas.  Nativity scenes in public places are almost non-existent.  Christmas trees are now called “Holiday trees.” In many stores you are greeted with “happy holidays.” I heard on the news that even Christmas lights on houses are being attacked by some people because, “Not everyone is a Christian, so you should take your lights down.”    Christmas lights are Christian?  Well, I’m here to tell you something; Merry Christmas.  The light has come and the darkness cannot extinguish it.

Maybe next year I’ll get my lights up before Thanksgiving.  Yeah right.