The Chaos of Christmas

As I have gotten older, I have come to despise the plethora of “Christmas” or “holiday” movies that are put out each year.  I began seeing previews of the newest movie called “Love, The Coopers” and I thought, “well, here we go again.  Another Christmas movie.”  I began wondering to myself what it is about these movies that I can’t stand and I thought about all the movies in the past like “Home Alone” (which, by the way, I do like) and “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” (which I despise…and don’t get me started on “A Christmas Story”!!) and the one thing I see in these two movies, along with others, which I can’t name because I never watched them but had seen advertised, is there is always a sense of CHAOS!  As far as Christmas specials/movies are concerned, I will watch “Home Alone” (first one only), “Polar Express”, “A Christmas Carol” and “Charlie Brown’s Christmas”.  That’s it.  Forget about those cheesy, romantic Christmas movies, I am NOT a chick flick watcher.  Movies like that make me want to puke (well, except for “While You Were Sleeping” with Sandra Bullock.  I like that one).

Anyway, I cannot make myself watch these movies because I don’t like the sense of chaos that they portray.  It’s no wonder many people don’t like this time of year.  Go here, go there, attend this family gathering, then go to that family gathering, go shopping, go to the company Christmas party, attend the your church’s Christmas program, AND if you have kids or grandkids, go to their school and/or church Christmas programs.  It’s just TOO much!!!  Whenever I think of Christmas, one of the songs that comes to mind is “Silent Night” and one of the lines in that song is “all is calm”.  The way things are these days, there is nothing calm about Christmas anymore.  Right now, I’m thankful that I attend a small church where we have NO Christmas program because then I’d be in the choir, having to attend SEVERAL practices and a dress rehearsal all leading up to the big production.  I just don’t understand why we have to make this time of year so hectic.  We have become such a busy and materialistic society that we can’t even enjoy what we’re celebrating and that is the birth of Jesus Christ.  We’re too busy buying STUFF that may or may not be liked or enjoyed by the person we’re buying it for so there’s the stress of trying to pick out the RIGHT gift.  “Whose family gathering are we going to attend this year?”  “We went to your family’s last year, this year it’s my family’s turn!”  “We have choir rehearsal at church next week but that’s the same day as my family’s Christmas dinner.”  “What can I buy Aunt Carol this year?”  “Uncle George is so hard to buy for I guess I’ll get him another tie.”  STRESS, STRESS, STRESS!!

I just want a calm, stress-free month where I can enjoy being at home, on my couch wrapped up in a blanket, eating popcorn and drinking hot chocolate, and watching my favorite holiday movies and not having to worry about going here and there and everywhere.

TERRORIST ATTACKS IN PARIS

All of us have heard the news of the terrorist attacks on Paris a couple nights ago.  Any decent human being would be angered and saddened at what took place there.  Many folks on my FB list have changed their profile picture to reflect the French flag, but some of us have not, for probably differing reasons.  Myself, personally, don’t feel the need to express my emotions by changing my profile picture.  It doesn’t mean that I don’t care about what happened.  I do.  I care because I see our country being attacked from within even now.  Apparently, we have seen an influx of many so-called Syrian “refugees” come in and our government is in the process of speeding things up so that MORE can come in.

But I read a post by Dr. James White of the Alpha Omega Ministries about how he, too, wasn’t getting caught up in the emotionalism and changing his picture to the French flag because he wants to address this tragedy through the Christian worldview.  You see, as he and one other person noted on this particular post, the French people, by and large, do not care about following God, they do not care about God’s law, or doing God’s will.  That’s not to say there aren’t any people in France who aren’t Christian, but I would assume they’re in the minority.  I’m sure many hundreds of years ago, France could have called herself a Christian nation.  The Protestant Reformer, John Calvin, was French.  But, as one FB poster commented on Dr. James White’s post, the French consider religious people stupid and imbeciles.  She said that when she goes back to France, she is even made fun of by her own family, but she refrains from talking back because to her, it would be denying who she is in Christ if she were to do so.

I believe these attacks are a result of the country of France turning it’s back on God.  We read in God’s Word how the nation of Israel had turned away from God and turned to idols and in response, God took his hand of protection away from her.  God allowed neighboring, rival kingdoms to overtake Israel and in many cases, the people were taken into captivity for a period of time before they realized how theIr turning away caused the mess they were in.  Once they repented and turned away from idols and back to God, He allowed them to overthrow their enemies and come out of captivity.

America is going down this same path at breakneck speed.  People don’t view Christians with respect anymore, but how can they when many professing Christians don’t look any different than those who DON’T profess Christ.  We’ve stood by silent for too long and have let the world take over.  But, I believe everything is still in God’s Sovereign control.  If we want to see our nation turned back to God and the enemies of our God destroyed, we must earnestly pray for ourselves and our country.  We can’t do it in our own power.  It will only come from God.

We must still pray for the people of France.  Maybe this tragedy will be the catalyst that brings the country to it’s knees in repentance and back to God.

Long Time No Post

This is my second attempt at doing a blog.  The last time I managed a blog was 2 years and 7 months ago.  I know this because that blog is still “active”, and I was able to access it before I created this one. Who knows, I may copy some of the stuff I put on there over to here.  We’ll see.

I am, by nature, an introvert.  I tend to keep to myself.  That’s not to say that I don’t have any friends.  I do and I enjoy the time I have with them, but I have been somewhat of a loner most of my life except for the handful of friends I’ve had.  Some people may think that is a bad thing, but I reckon those are folks who find it necessary to be in the middle of the action.  They want to be surrounded by a lot of people.  But I have learned that you tend to avoid a lot of drama when you limit the number of people you hang around with.  Being one who enjoys solitude means that I have a lot of time to think.  Some folks may find that a dangerous thing but I find that I get a lot of ideas for what I want to write down and express my views/opinions on things.  I think I’m better at communicating through writing than I am through verbal communication.  Writing gives me time to think and put down the right words so I can be sure that what I want to say is understood.

Why did I choose Denim and Roses as the name for this blog?  Well, I am a blue jeans kind of girl.  That is what makes me happy and comfortable, a nice pair of blue jeans.  As for the “roses” part, my name, Susan, is from the Hebrew name, Shoshanna, and the root word means “lily” or “rose”.  Between those two flowers, I would pick a rose everytime.  And, there you have it.

So with that being said, I hope I can keep this up and be able to take many opportunities to post my thoughts and maybe just have some fun.