It can be a bit embarrassing if you forget to put the clocks back at those times of year. It doesn’t matter as much if you turn up an hour early, but there are consequences if it’s an hour late. I know from experience!
Well, what about being two weeks late? Today is the day to wish a Happy Christmas Day to all who follow the orthodox calendar, for today it is the 25th December. This was my second Christmas Day as I was growing up. The fact we had St Nicholas’s day around the 18th December, when we traditionally got presents, meant we never felt we missed out with the extra wait.
Funny what we honour. But established celebrations, particularly if they are out of step with the ‘norm,’ do have a strong bonding effect. Like with a lot of things, it is something you get ribbed for when young, because it sets you out as different – and something you get a interest, and even respect for, when you are older.
You have to own it though – do it because you want to, because it is significant to you, because it is important to you.
We are a peculiar people. We should be distinct. We should be honest.
Ragged, or well-dressed, we are a sign-post God has established to point to Jesus.
Be Salt. Be Light. Be Outstanding.