This story was told to me as a joke – hence the word ‘cheer’ in the title. It’s not really all that cheerful from my perspective, but I still thought it was interesting. So, joke or not a joke, here it is:
One holiday season, while listening to the radio, I heard a story of a woman who was out Christmas shopping with her two children. After many hours of looking at row after row of toys and everything else imaginable, and after hours of hearing both of her children asking for everything they saw on those shelves, she finally made it to the elevator with her two kids.
She was feeling what so many of us feel during this holiday season of the year. It was the overwhelming pressure to go to every party and every housewarming, taste all the holiday food and treats, get that perfect gift for every single person on our shopping list, make sure we do not forget anyone on our card list, and the pressure of making certain we respond to everyone who sends us a card.
Finally the elevator doors opened, and there was already a crowd inside. She pushed her way into the elevator, with all of her shopping bags, and then pulled her two children in with her. When the doors closed she could not take it anymore and stated, “Whoever started this whole Christmas thing should be found, strung up and shot!”
From the back of the car, everyone heard a quiet, calm voice respond, “Don’t worry, we already crucified Him.” For the rest of the trip down, the elevator was so quiet you could have heard a pin drop.