Ho Ho Humbug!

by Andy Wood on December 11, 2008

in LV Stories

(The Further Adventures of Eugene Davis, Sophomore Christian)

“Have you seen this?” asked an angry voice one Sunday morning.

Yep, it was Eugene Davis, sophomore Christian and resident expert on what everybody else should and shouldn’t be doing.

“Seen what?” I asked politely as Eugene shoved a Sunday bulletin in my hand.

“All these parties!” he said.

In the midst of the activities list, Eugene had highlighted three youth fellowships in one week:  the Jr. High, the Sr. High, and the All-Youth Pizza Pig-Out and Christmas Party that night after church.

“Well, there’s never a bad time to eat pizza,” I joked.  “Don’t you know the wise men caught up with King Herod at Pizza Hut?”

But Eugene was in no joking mood.

“That’s not the point,” he fumed.  “It seems like all we ever do with these kids is feed ’em pizza and take ’em on trips.  When I was a teenager, we learned to give and do for others.”

“When you were a teenager, you were lost,” I replied.  “Furthermore, when you were a teenager, Chicago was a cow pasture.”

(I couldn’t resist it.  I apologized later.)

I should point out here that Eugene hadn’t bothered to mention the myriad of adult parties that had been scheduled.  I guess he was too busy going on (and on, and on, and on…) about how Christmas had become too busy with parties and too commercialized.  We needed to put Christ back into Christmas and teach our young people again that it is more blessed to give than to receive.

“…and if that’s the future of our church, we’ve got some serious praying to do!” Eugene concluded emphatically.

“Where were you last Sunday night?” I asked. “Those same kids did a Christmas musical they’d been working on for weeks.”

“Well, we had company in for the weekend, and they had just left and…”

I didn’t let him finish.

“And I seem to recall that Thanksgiving weekend those same kids who eat pizza and go on trips collected almost a ton of food for needy families.  And the weekend before Christmas, they’re doing a live Nativity scene in front of the church.  If you weren’t playing Santa Claus at the Children’s Home, you could come help them.”

“I’m not playing any Santa Claus!” he exploded.

“You’d better tell your daughter that,” I replied.  “She was just in here telling me that her daddy was going to help the Girl Scouts when they visit the Children’s Home by playing Santa Claus.”

“There’s no way I’m going to dress up like Santa Claus!  That’s the whole point I’m trying to make.  Do you think Jesus would dress up like Santa Claus to visit a Children’s Home?”

It was time for worship to start, and I was in a hurry.  I’m sure I was a little too abrupt, even for Eugene.

“Well, they didn’t have Santa Claus back then, Eugene.  But He did go to a wedding, and provided the refreshments.  He did hang out with a lot of pagans and prostitutes.  And He made an appearance at just about every kind of social occasion of His day.  You figure it out.  But if you don’t want to do that, come on up to the Nativity scene.  You can be the donkey!”

I didn’t hear from Eugene any more that week.  But Saturday night I got a call from Steve, our Youth Pastor.  “I think you’d better come up to the church,” he said.  “The Nativity scene isn’t going quite like we planned.”

I hurried to the church, and will never forget what I saw.  There was Mary and Joseph, the wise men and the shepherds, some live animals, and a doll wrapped in swaddling clothes.

And kneeling in front of the manger was Santa Claus.  Alias Eugene Davis.

“Merry Christmas, Eugene,” I called.

And to all a good night.

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Carrie December 13, 2008 at 11:40 am

haha….that’s a great one

Carries last blog post..Festivities Have Begun

John December 24, 2013 at 11:16 am

If winning hearts and minds was as easy as insults and sarcasm, I’d be the world’s greatest evangelist.

Andy Wood December 24, 2013 at 11:24 am

Only works on certain types, John. 🙂

Martha Orlando December 24, 2013 at 11:24 am

Great story!!!
Martha Orlando´s last blog post ..Merry Christmas to All!

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