Thursday, December 15, 2011
Deep Thoughts by Jack Handey...and me
"Instead of a trap door, what about a trap window? The guy looks out it, and if he leans too far, he falls out. Wait. I guess that's like a regular window." "When I found the skull in the woods, the first thing I did was call the police. But then I got curious about it. I picked it up, and started wondering who this person was, and why he had deer horns." Those are just a couple of my favorite Deep Thoughts by Jack Handey. They used to have a segment on Saturday Night Live where they would play calm music and then flash a "deep thought" up on the screen. They were almost always my weird sense of humor. My friend Anna and I would crack up, literally laughing until we cried reading them in the bookstore in the mall. She even bought me a calendar of them one year--and I still have some of them more than 10 years later. But that's not really what this post is about. I've been grappling with many things lately. I've read some amazing posts lately about Christmas and how we as believers should handle it and what we should be teaching our kids about it. I think since my kids are 6 and 4 now (and 1, but he's oblivious now)I am really wanting to be intentional about the sorts of things that we associate with Christmas. It is after all the birth of our Savior. It is the greatest gift the world has ever received and I don't want it to get mixed up with stockings and legos, nerf guns and cookies, shopping and cards. However, as I've pondered and prayed, I've realized that for us right now, we don't have to get rid of all of the above. The most important thing isn't the things, but how we treat them and use them and how we view God and treat Him throughout. So for us, we're trying to be intentional about talking about the meaning behind things. We've read books about Saint Nicholas and his charitable spirit and how it's important that we remember the joy in giving as well as receiving. We've looked through the World Vision catalog and we're still deciding what we'll be giving, but Jon currently thinks that mosquito nets seem very important.