The best Christmas recipe, ever!
Thursday we enter the most wonderful time of the year. Despite the fact that retail establishments have been setting out Christmas decorations and items for sale since, oh, July or so, Thanksgiving really is the official start of the Christmas season.
One thing that will commonly happen during this season is the sharing and exchanging of recipes. There will be recipes for pies (and have you noticed how pumpkin goes with absolutely everything?) and casseroles and fruit cakes (excellent door stops, those) and even Turduckens.
That last one is an “only in America” kind of thing; a turkey stuffed with a duck stuffed with a chicken!
I would like to begin this Christmas season by sharing with you my personal concoction, my favorite recipe for Christmas. You may think of it as a pie or a casserole or a turducken, but however you regard it, it will bake up to be the best Christmas ever!
Begin with a foundational crust of remembering the real reason for the season. God loved us so much that He sent His Son to earth to become flesh, so that He could live and die for us!
Christmas is still all about Jesus, always has been, always will be.
Once the foundational crust is established, pour in a layer of doing for others. Find someone less fortunate, take them a meal, get them gifts, make sure they have warm clothing. Toys break and game systems become obsolete, but memories of doing for others last a lifetime.
For a second layer, determine not to go into debt for gifts. Proverbs 22:7 says “The rich ruleth over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender.” Buy within your means, and teach your children to always do the same. Fiscal responsibility is one of the greatest gifts you will ever give to your children, and doing things this way will not make January the month that you regret December!
Once the foundation and the first two layers are set, chop up a bunch of incredibly bitter herbs called anger, unforgiveness, hatred, and revenge. Take those chopped up herbs ... and throw them away. Don’t let even a trace into the pan. This will make your Christmas recipe very heart-healthy.
From there, spread a heavy layer of fun and adventure over the entire pie. The Wise Men of Matthew 2 took a long trip, rejoiced over a never before seen star, gave gifts, and even took time to make fun of Herod on their way out of town! Follow that example. Laugh, sing songs, go see the lights, watch cheesy Christmas specials, and find some new adventure. God gave you exactly one life to live; live it cleanly, but enjoy it!
Lastly, sprinkle some humor over the entire thing, sort of a whip cream on top. Proverbs 17:22 says “A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.” Some years ago, I determined to have some fun with a friend of mine. He is decidedly (extremely) anti-Christmas. All of his friends are aware of this fact.
A month before Christmas, I had a mutual friend take him and his family out to dinner. While they were away, we had their entire house decorated. Garland, lights, sleighs, the whole nine yards. Then we took pictures. Then we took everything down, without a trace!
From there it was over to Walmart, where we had lovely Christmas cards made out of those pictures, with a caption over it that said “Merry Christmas From The Smiths!” Then we mailed it to all of his friends...
I am glad I have a sense of humor. I am glad he has one too! Merry Christmas, and enjoy the recipe!