T’was the night before Christmas and all around Cape Town… is how our December blog begins. Yesterday afternoon I hopped on my motorcycle and cruised around town capturing some of the sights and sounds of Christmas for you. (Well, okay, no sounds, just pictures!) Even after eleven years of living here we never seem to get use to an African Christmas. It’s especially humorous for us when we hear familiar Christmas songs that don’t fit so well in this part of the world, like… “I’m dreaming of a White Christmas” or that line… “Oh the weather outside is frightful,” or even for us… “I’ll be home for Christmas,” and the list goes on. So here are a few snap shots of Christmas on the day before Christmas.
You can follow the masses to the Somerset West mall or find the perfect gift along the side of the road.
You can’t find a candy cane to save you…but you can buy some sour figs!
And about that white Christmas stuff (that I don’t miss)…it’s here, it just looks a little different and is warm to the touch. (Slow day for the guy renting lounge chairs!)
One of my favorite sights is the guys selling Christmas trees along the side of the road… homely looking trees.
Those Christmas trees remind me of the lovable character, Charlie Brown, and his frustration with all the hustle and bustle of Christmas. That’s what you mostly see here… we call them “Charlie Brown trees.”
Speaking of Charlie Brown, I remember a scene in the Charlie Brown Christmas special, the animated one, where Charlie turns to his friend and asks, “Linus, what’s Christmas all about?” And in amazing fashion, Linus quietly walks onto the set, calls for the spotlight, and tells Charlie Brown what Christmas is all about by reciting Luke 2:8-14.
That act is what started me thinking about my message for our Christmas Eve Service tonight, “What’s Christmas all about?” from 2 Corinthians 8:9. “For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich.”
Tonight is one of the highlights for Mountain View as we once again celebrate with a Christmas Eve candlelight service. We’ll see more visitors tonight than with any other service this year and we want those who come without Christ to believe in Him and be born again. We want them to become rich in Him through salvation!
No matter what differences there are in the sights and sounds of Christmas around the world, this is the one theme that remains the same. Jesus Christ is what Christmas is all about.
Merry Christmas from the Wolfs to all of you. What a joy to partner with you as we see people become rich through Jesus Christ!