I happened to catch my favorite scene from "A Charlie Brown Christmas" where Linus explains to Charlie Brown what Christmas is all about. Linus walks out to center stage and begins to recite Luke 2 in his simple sweet voice. But, something very unusual happens. Linus drops his blanket! He never drops his blanket! What's that about? When he's done reciting, he picks up the blanket again and walks off center stage.
Our Christmas celebrations are over. When it got right down to what Christmas is all about, we put Jesus in the spotlight of center stage. We dropped our guard. We set aside our greed and reached out to someone in need. We looked beyond the "unique" relatives and enjoyed just being together. The worries that were normally an overwhelming presence in daily life somehow disappeared. The things that we cling to for security and the burdens that we choose to carry with us 51 weeks out of the year got the week off. Just like Linus, we let our blankets slip from our fingers and drop onto the floor.
Christmas is over. Will you continue to be like Linus and pick all of that up again? Or, will you enjoy the mindset and the lifestyle that is Christmas ... all year long. It's time to release some "blankets" and not pick them back up. James 4:10 reminds us that, "When you bow down before the Lord and admit your dependence on Him, He will lift you up and give you honor."
May you live 2011 with the Christ-child in mind. Don't wait for Dec. 25 to roll around again. Drop your "blanket" and leave it there.