Have you ever noticed that, during this time of year, there are some things that we see and hear over, and over, again? Can you think of some Christmas commercials that you get tired of seeing, again and again? On the other hand, there are some things that certain people seem to never get tired of. Kids can watch a Disney movie 1000 times and never seem to get tired of it. When you come to a point where you can recite every line in a movie, it’s a problem. It makes me just want to say, “Let it go! Let it go!!” (aka Frozen).
On the other hand, there are those oft repeated things that become vintage. Actually, the older they get, the more nostalgic they become. For example: Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer (the 1964 – claymation version). How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1956). And who can forget, “It’s A Wonderful Life” (1946). You can “play them again” and again. In fact, that very phrase is from an old movie. It’s a line from that famous 1942 classic, Casablanca; staring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman. For some reason, the move is so memorable, it even inspired fans (or have you never heard of Casablanca ceiling fans?). The song played by piano player, Sam, in the Café prompted the famous line, “Play it again, Sam.” While Sam plays, he sings:
- You must remember this.
- A kiss is still a kiss. A sigh is just a sigh.
- The fundamental things apply. As time goes by
- It’s still the same old story. A fight for love and glory. A case of do or die.
- The world will always welcome lovers. As time goes by.
I guess it takes an artistic person to tell the same old story over again and again. And, yet make it just as interesting for the listener, this time, as it was the first time they heard it. The Christmas story (i.e. Christ coming to earth) is an old familiar story. In fact, like the words of the song, it is the same old story that is told every year. None of the facts have changed. It has all the same characters, same script, and the same lines. It is the same Holy Spirit, Mary, and Joseph. The same wise men seek him, the same shepherds are in awe of him, and the same angels praise him, year after year.
So, why should we not zone out when we begin to hear the exact same story told again this year? Answer: because there is a “fundamental thing that must be applied.” You must place the nativity story into the right context. If you place it in the wrong context, like the story of, Twas The Night Before Christmas, it would be no more than a fairy tale. However, when placed in the right context, its truth leads to A Wonderful Life.
So, before the season is over, read the words from that old familiar story once again. In other words, “Play it again, Sam.” Or should I say, “Play it again, Saint.”
“And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” (Luke 2:10-11)
The Savior came to save. That’s what Christmas is all about. You must remember this, as time goes by.
Just an oft repeated Christmas thought, from the Heart and Mind of Victor.