Below is an essay I sent to those on the Cove Presbyterian Church e-mailing list. If you're interested in hearing this essay, you can also find a podcast at Podbean (Cove Presbyterian Church).
Yesterday, I had the chance to be involved in one of the things I really enjoy doing during the Christmas season. You see, I got to read to a group of children, this year it was Pete the Cat Saves Christmas, and it was part of The Children’s Academy four-year-old Christmas program. Of course, I wasn’t the only one involved. The children sang songs and danced a little bit. And the parents and grandparents who were there seemed to have a wonderful time.
And you know, when you think about it about, why wouldn’t they. I mean, so much of our celebration of Christmas is centered around and certainly enhanced by the presence of children. Good night, the whole season is focused on that little baby, lying in a manger. And frankly, I can’t think of many things more depressing than going through Christmas surrounded only by adults. At least for me, it just wouldn’t seem right to approach the nativity of Christ without the innocence, joy and excitement that seems so natural for children. And even though I agree that we as a society may overemphasize the North Pole and the gifts under the tree, I think our world would be a much sadder place if Christmas was focused on the serious and mature, with the juvenile and exuberant there on the sidelines. I guess you could say, adults desperately need children to make our holiday lives complete.