Fear of Christmas

Christougenniatikophobia! Do you have it? That’s the word for the fear of Christmas. It’s a take- off on the word Heortophobia, meaning the fear of holidays.

What ever the cause of such thoughts, there’s no point in telling you that it’s all in your head.  Sadly, what is in our head sometimes makes it to our heart, no matter how hard we try.

This year our usual fears should be dismantled. We have no relatives to invite or impress,  no wild extravaganza of expensive presents. A chicken might take the place of that giant turkey with its terrifying mounds of leftovers. No huge Christmas tree to impress drive-by lookers. No, imagine it; a Christmas with no fear.

Unless of course we substitute one Christmas fear for another. I might be alone. Oh, what shall I do? Friend, you have been alone before. There is no problem with being alone on Christmas. For me, I will watch the Queen’s message, turn on the yule log channel, read the Christmas story, make a few phone calls and heat up a TV dinner.

Make a plan; have a plan, execute your plan; just as God does.

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. (Jeremiah 29:11, NIV)

Prayer- Whatever you have in mind for us, Lord, we trust you to make it the right one. Amen.

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