Christmas Series: Rethinking The Hallmark Christmas Ideal

Episode 39 | December 14, 2021

Episode 39

Today’s Episode

Our expectations of Christmas can feel like they come from a Hallmark movie, which doesn’t do us a lot of favors (as much as we love them). The cultural ideal that we’ll be fulfilled and content at Christmas, that everything will fall into place, acts as a magnifying glass to the unmet expectations that we hold all year round. 

Through the lives of Elizabeth and Mary, we get a bit of a cultural reset when it comes to our Christmas ideals. What’s so helpful about Mary and Elizabeth’s story is the realistic Christmas it portrays—one full of God’s promises being fulfilled in the midst of difficult seasons. By returning to this Scripture, we can sift through the romantic version of a cultural Christmas and see something truthful. A Christmas that celebrates God’s promises coming to fruition in the midst of a dark and waiting world in the person of Jesus. 

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Scripture References

Luke 1: 6-7, 12-14, 24-25, 30-33, 36-38, 39-45, 46-50, 76-77

Main Points

  1. As you celebrate the global gift of Jesus this Christmas, don’t forget to celebrate what He’s done for you.
  2. Don’t let comparison thinking steal your joy this Christmas.
  3. Don’t mistake the Christmas ideal for the Savior.

How do we Cultivate this in our Lives?

  • Celebrate Christmas by remembering what Jesus has done for you and how the good news of Christ has ministered to you. 
  • Make a point to not let comparison thinking steal your joy. Go back to Elizabeth blessing Mary in Luke 1:39-45 and turn your focus outward. 
  • Don’t get the cultural ideal of Christmas confused with the real story of redemption in Jesus. 

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