Day Four: Twelve Days of Christmas
In 1992, recording artist Darlene Love released a Christmas song entitled,
“All Alone on Christmas.”
It’s not as famous as,”The First Noel” or “White Christmas,” but its peppy and has a nice beat. And yet it’s wistful, for nobody wants to be all alone on Christmas.
Their world revolves around Grandkids, especially at the Holidays. I loved having Grandma visit us. She was fun, laughed a lot, and gave me my first skateboard. It was a Christmas present.
Jacob was Joseph’s father, in Matthew 1:16:
“Jacob the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus.”
Jesus had a grandfather, and it’s reasonable that he had grandparents, but they aren’t mentioned in the narrative. Did Jesus grow up with them in his life? Did they know their grandson was the Messiah?
Was it difficult for Mary and Joseph to be separated from their parents while in Egypt? Was it hard for the Grandparents to not see their Grandson?
And Christmas Day?
Well, they didn’t celebrate Christmas, did they? There wasn’t a decorated tree, or candles, or a little wooden box with a little wooden baby out in the yard.
I know, “Christmas” was a long, long way off from being observed. In fact, on his first birthday, Jesus’ parents weren’t celebrating with the Grandparents. No, they were busy keeping him safe.
“Take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt. Stay there until I tell you, for Herod is going to search for the child to kill him. Matthew 1:13
I guess Darlene’s song still stands: Nobody wants to be all alone on Christmas.
But our Savior and Lord very nearly was.