What’s December Without Christmas Eve?

24 Dec

I’m munching a candy cane as I write this, and although the peppermint stickiness of my fingers is trying to tell me this brand of multitasking is a bad idea, I have to say something to everyone.

Merry –


I can’t do this until you’re feeling the Christmas spirit.

And you know what that means.

Everyone knows what that means.

It’s time for some seasonal goodies.

Whether that means a musical Doctor Who Christmas,

A present from the BBC straight to the Sherlockians (THANK YOU BBC),

A Balloonshop Christmas with all the joys of the holiday season,

Or whether you just still don’t know the lyrics to “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen.”

Whether you’re set up to have a white Christmas, a green Christmas, or some sort of in-between grey Christmas, I wish you the very merriest. I know well that Christmas spirit has a way of being uncharacteristically elusive at times, but I still hope it manages to find you and your loved ones well.

I would love to help, if I can. Let me build you a fire and put on some music.

Merry Christmas.

I hope it is full of joy, song, and Christmas cheer. I hope no one plays “Christmas Shoes” or forces you to watch some horrendous “classic” Christmas movie. I hope you eat whatever you like. I hope you answer the phone with, “Buddy the Elf, what’s your favorite color?” Most of all, I hope and pray that you are very, very blessed on the day of our Savior’s birth.

Now, I get it – at this point in December, it’s entirely possible that you have found yourself torn between the careful, yet ambiguous “Happy Holidays” wishers and the people who punch you in the face and aggressively wish you the Christiest Christmas that ever did Christ.

You definitely can’t please everyone, not even [especially not] at “the most wonderful time of year.” However, the angels in Luke 2:10 proclaimed that they had good news of great joy for all the people when they announced Jesus’ birth. All the people. Impressive. There are few things that are really universal, but love is one of them, and Christmas is about love. Plain and simple. 1st John 4:8 says “God is love.” John 3:16 says “God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son.”

Jesus Christ, the baby wrapped in swaddling clothes, is the embodiment of God’s love for us. It only makes sense then that the preferred form of Christmas celebration is, in fact, love (followed closely by singing loud for all to hear). Now, by no means should love be a seasonal affair, but the fact remains that it is often treated that way, brought out and dusted off just for special occasions. What if this Christmas could be the time when the love starts to stick?

Love isn’t about a feeling, after all, it can stay long after Christmas spirit has been boxed up for twelve more months.

Christmas is about love, but, really, so is everything else.

Shall we celebrate?

[Note for the Whovians: in case you were about to ask – yes, tears can be a relevant way to show love. I’m sure I’ll be there. But of course, as we bid farewell to our adored Eleventh Doctor on Christmas day, we remember: same software, different case. Merry Christmas, everyone.]

10 Responses to “What’s December Without Christmas Eve?”

  1. HBubbles December 24, 2013 at 1:09 pm #

    You are my hero. Already I find myself grinning and sniffling. The Christmas joy, with all of it’s beauty and pain (for some of us), is upon us. Thank you for reinforcing it so amazingly.
    Merry Christmas, love! Thank you for the blessing you’ve been to me and the way you’ve allowed me to cling to you. May your Christmas be cheerful and laughter-filled. May delicious smells cling to the air, may the sky outside be a smile into the wind, may your celebrations be long and hearty. May the Lord bless and keep you.

    • Emory December 24, 2013 at 2:36 pm #

      You are so much better to me than I deserve. Thank you for always being super duper encouraging, as there are definitely times when I need it. And that was the most beautiful Christmas that you just wished me, and I pray that it and all its blessings reaches you double. 🙂 God bless you, darling! Love from my corner of the world to yours!

  2. Wasp December 24, 2013 at 1:46 pm #

    You should know that Invisible Woman and I have been continually running around our house singing “Get dressed you merry gentlemen, let nothing you dismay. For it is Christmaschristmaschristmaschristmaschristmas day!… ”

    Have a Merry Christmas, dearest (:

    • Emory December 24, 2013 at 2:32 pm #

      Thank you darling, Merry Christmas to you as well! May God give you a restful and merry one and doesn’t accidentally lock you in a flying cupboard with a couple of idiots.

  3. Merrilee G Lewis December 24, 2013 at 3:48 pm #

    So good!

  4. Shahrazad December 25, 2013 at 5:06 pm #

    I am currently in another state for Christmas dieing of over exposure to relatives. (I think it’s an introvert thing.) I also have a cold and am completely incapable of singing. Thank you ever so much for the Sherlock. I am now feeling lovely and am prepared for whatever relatives might do to me. I think I’ll smile and wink at them. They seem to like it.

    • Emory December 26, 2013 at 5:55 pm #

      Oh, darling, my condolences. I hope once you get back to the high desert you get some alone time and feel better post-haste! I’m delighted to have gifted you with Sherlock, and I think it is a very good idea for you to smile and wink at your relatives.
      It humanizes you.
      Merry Christmas.

  5. Emily C. December 25, 2013 at 9:56 pm #

    Aww…. you too. Always been sweet reading your entries this year. Even seeing it super late from procrastinating sleep now for catching up online, from overload the past day of Christmas food, company, love, Sherlock, the Doctor, emotions, and cheer! (and then a few more emotions courtesy the bbc) ;P 🙂 Hope yours was a good one!

    • Emory December 27, 2013 at 10:05 am #

      Aw, darling, I’m flattered to have helped you procrastinate! 😀 Thank you for being so lovely with your sweetheart comments and keeping me updated on all things nerdy! Late merry Christmas to you as well!

      • Emily C. December 31, 2013 at 10:47 pm #

        I… mrrrf…! 😦 :))) Always so sweet, yourself! It’s nothing much… just that similar compulsion to share things with other fans. It’s how we keep the addiction going. 😉

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