After taking a hiatus in 2014, I am blogging the LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar again. This is my third time, and I thought it would be appropriate with the new Star Wars movie coming out later this month. Each day, I riff a little bit on a (perceived) connection between Advent and whatever the LEGO Star Wars mini build is for the day.
This is meant to be lighthearted and fun.
Well, what do we have here? We have an R2-D2…with antlers. A few years ago there was at least a custom designed R2-D2 as a snowman. This? It’s like the creators of this project aren’t even trying. (I guess we have a hint of what is to come the next two days.) It’s like that with a lot of Christmas decor nowadays. This year there has been an influx of laser lights shining on the outside walls of a house randomly. I’ve called them “lazy lights”. Some houses seem to have a plan with them, but on many houses the lights look a mess. Something thrown together to give the appearance of Christmas. We are buying what they are selling.
And, really, we are talking about an Advent Calendar that has a Star Wars theme being put out by LEGO. And, I bought it.
Ever since I was young, I can remember people bemoaning the meaning of Christmas getting lost amidst our cultural times. The thing is, many that bemoan the loss of the Christmas meaning do a lot by their actions to fuel that loss.
We spend ourselves into debt. We make a big deal about a coffee company’s red cups. Forget whatever winter-themed design is on them, and the fake outrage with it, people get excited about red cups and overpriced holiday coffees. We track the weather with fascination to see if snow will fall on a particular day. We bake, cook, and eat Christmas meals, cookies, and treats. We watch holiday specials, go to the movie theaters for the award season films, listen to Christmas music non-stop. Christmas music about everything relating to the traditions and trappings of Christmas…but not about the reason behind Christmas.
Back in 1965, A Charlie Brown Christmas first debuted on television. The executives behind the project thought Charles Schulz had given them a disaster. One reason why was Schulz’s inclusion of Linus reciting the story of the nativity from the Gospel of Luke. The whole point of the special is Charlie Brown being reminded what Christmas is all about amidst the onslaught of materialism with the holiday.
Look, I enjoy Christmas. October through December is my favorite time of year. It’s the one time of the year I listen to the radio so I can get non-stop Christmas music. I long for white Christmases. I buy my boys an ornament each Christmas. We decorate our house, and drive around neighborhoods looking at various Christmas decorations and light displays. We do it all. However, we also our intentional about slowing down and taking time to reflect on the reason for the season. That being the birth of Jesus, and everything it means for humanity.
Things like R2-D2 wearing antlers can be funny, but if you don’t take time to stop and wonder what the big deal is about Christmas you’ll miss the point of the season. Worse, you’ll think Christmas is about something it isn’t.