Sunday, 7 December 2014

A Pause In Advent (2)

This week, I'm using as my inspiration:

The Christmas Cracker.
So, what does the cracker consist of?

2 people take hold of it and pull.  There's a "crack", and onto the table falls:
A paper hat
A corny joke
A plastic toy.

We put our hats on, laugh and groan at the jokes, and try to work out what to do with the toy.

During Advent, we can feel like we're being pulled in two different directions.  We want to spend time contemplating the reason for Advent, looking forward to celebrating the birth of Jesus.  

At the same time, society implores us to spend money we haven't got on things we don't really need and stock up on food and drink, ending the season in debt, overweight and hung over.

Let's try not to come apart under the pressure, and remember the contents of the cracker:

Let the hat represent a crown - we are celebrating the birth of a King.
Let the plastic toy represent the secular idea of Christmas - disposable, not really relevant to the true meaning of Christmas, we can have a bit of fun with it, but it's not that important.
And the joke?  Well, we all need a sense of humour to get through Christmas!!


  1. Excellent way of thinking about it - thanks for that. I might have to use that one day, if you don't mind, in a service!

  2. Be careful! Too many posts like this and you might find yourself being asked to do the Children's Slot in the morning service sometime!!

  3. Very inspired once again!!! X

  4. Wonderful pause! My thoughts, too. Simple and true. That's the ticket.

  5. I like the way you broke it down into component parts, very clever.

  6. You know, I've been thinking about the roots of the tree all week! It has given me great encouragement a year in to a new church. I like the metaphor of being pulled in all directions Even with the best of intentions you do ultimately find yourself in a shopping centre, tonight, bedazzled by the music and the palpable panic. Humour much needed!