What’s with the “tacky sweater” thing? The year I turned fourteen on Christmas my gift was a “bulky knit” red sweater and I thought it was divine. In the eighties the sweaters had giant shoulder pads in them, I was never a fan of those and would take them out, but that made the shoulders droop because of the extra material put in to hold up the shoulder pads. I felt like it made me look like a linesman for the Green Bay Packers, not my favorite look! My son came in tonight and had bought a tacky sweater to wear to a business party, with a dress shirt and a tie! Wow, what has the world of fashion come to? I’m thinking that on the night Jesus was born in Bethlehem the Angels probably didn’t have shoulder pads in their celestial robes in front of their wings, and also pretty certain that they weren’t wearing tacky sweaters.
Luke 2: 8-14 There were sheepherders camping in the neighborhood. They had set night watches over their sheep. Suddenly, God’s angel stood among them and God’s glory blazed around them. They were terrified. The angel said, “Don’t be afraid. I’m here to announce a great and joyful event that is meant for everybody, worldwide: A Savior has just been born in David’s town, a Savior who is Messiah and Master. This is what you’re to look for: a baby wrapped in a blanket and lying in a manger.” At once the angel was joined by a huge angelic choir singing God’s praises: Glory to God in the heavenly heights, Peace to all men and women on earth who please him.
No hidden meaning or wise words here, just wanting to say that while we are having fun and enjoying the Christmas Holidays let us remember that Jesus is the Reason for the Season, and if you need a place and a reason to wear a tacky sweater, come to our Christmas concert on the 17th, I would love to see you there!