Experiencing The Joy (3 of 4) by Stephen Whitney

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Experiencing The Joy (3 of 4)
Series: Experiencing Advent
Stephen Whitney
Luke 2:13-20

In the 1996 Christmas movie Jungle All The Way starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, the spirit of the season is found in the father getting his son the favorite toy he wants for Christmas.
The father Howard is often busy at his job, and has a hard time finding time for his wife and his young son. After breaking his word again by missing his Jamie's karate promotion he resolves to fulfill his son's ultimate Christmas wish of a Turbo-Man action figure. But unbeknown to him the Turbo-Man toys are the must have gifts of the season so they are hard to come by.
Desperate not to disappoint his family again, Howard embarks on an epic city-wide quest to find the toy everyone's looking for. Along the way, he encounters anther dad with the same ambition. The search climazes with both dads asquerading as live action stuntmen in a department store parade. Posed as the "real" Turbo-Man, Howard uses the opportunity to present a coveted limited-edition Turbo-Man doll to his son in the crowd.
The moral is that you can buy your way to a merry Christmas which is just what the stories what you to do for your loved ones.
The question we have to ask is: What is the reason for the Season?

Asked what makes Christmas important to them, only one-third of adults in 1996 said the birth of Jesus. Forty-four percent said family time is the most important part. That theme sung by Bing Crosby in 1943 I'll be home for Christmas, you can count on me
became one of the top ten songs of the year and has since become
a holiday musical tradition in the United States.

The chaplain of Duke University said, "It demonstrates what preachers have been wringing their hands over for some time: "Christ has been evacuated from Christmas. It has been a co-opted holiday (family time has now take the place of Christ)."

Almost 9 out of 10 of Americans identify themselves as Christians.
But even among that g ...

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