Do you wonder why there’s carols and so much singing associated with Christmas? Around this time, and for pretty much the rest of the year, you will hear many wonderful Christmas songs playing in stores, homes, gatherings, on TV or from any of the forms of music boxes (phones, computers, home audio systems). I believe the many songs we love to sing and hear reflect the spirit of the song which characterizes Christmas and that is why my second toy is a gramophone (P.S. I also wanted to draw something vintage, ha ha).
Chances are if I take a poll in a room, I’ll find that the majority of people like music. Experiences of awe and joyful surprise interrupting the mundane often lead to singing. Many of the characters of the Christmas story — the angels, shepherds, Zechariah, Elizabeth, Mary, Simeon, and Anna showed us this.
The angels sang, announcing the majesty of God. The shepherds sang — in utter amazement of their divine visitation. Zechariah sang — when he received the fulfillment of a promise in his old age. Mary and Elizabeth sang — having found favor and been chosen to birth greatness. Simeon and Anna sang — acknowledging the privilege to witness to the coming of the Savior.
They sang because they were so enraptured by the visitation of the divine in their mundane lives.
“Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!” Luke 2:14
Do you consider your life mundane?
At the verge of despair?
Is the Christmas miracle lost on you?
Now, rejoice, the promise is fulfilled. Your king is here. Jesus is born. And this means —
You will sing a new song.
Tomorrow’s toy is: Manger
What’s a Christmas tree without a star at the peak?
What’s our universe without stars?
Stars keep planets in place. Nested in constellations, they provide energy in form of light and heat. Look at the sun, a really big star, around which our solar system revolves. What will we do without the sun?
Stars shine bright.
They remind us of what we want to be — bright, seen and valued. I start my toy collection with a star, because that’s how the astrologers of Jesus’ day found him. Shining bright in the eastern sky, it led them to where baby Jesus lay. They sought him, saw him and worshiped.
Why is it important to me?
Life can get pretty complicated, pretty fast especially when a lot of things aren’t in place. Let me remind you today that there is a star who keeps everything in place. Jesus provides light, energy, strength, purpose and a whole lot more to any one who seeks him. If you let him light your heart, you find that you are bright, seen and valued. He becomes your sun and shield, giving you favor and honor (Psalm 84:11).
As I keep up this Star at the peak of the tree that is in my heart, let me ask you — does this Star have your attention?
“ — For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.” Matthew 2:2
Tomorrow’s toy is: Gramophone
Hello Friends and Readers,
I am so excited to present to you, my personal passion project with which I will wrap up 2019!
A couple of weeks ago, it occurred to me to explore the Christmas story, find objects that would pass for Christmas tree decorations and explore them deeper.
Yes! I know you probably haven’t thought twice about the toys and ornaments you mount on your Christmas tree.
In the days leading to Christmas, I will share my list of the 12 toys I came up with. To add an interesting twist, I will present them as the icons on a deck of playing cards.
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I wish that you will follow my journey and as you enjoy my writing and illustrations, my hope is that, somewhere along this playful but meaningful exploration of mine, you will find meaning and hope in what they represent.
I invite you to explore with me, the 12 Toys of Christmas.
List of Toys (updated daily):