Merry Christmas! And welcome to Friday with Friends! When I think Friends and Christmas, I think Ross dressed up as the Holiday Armadillo.
Ross promised his son, Ben, that Santa would visit, but the costume shop ran out of Santa suits, so Ross shows up as the Holiday Armadillo. Things seem to be working out. Ben is even intrigued to learn about Hanukkah, since he’s half-Jewish. But then Santa (Chandler) shows up and ruins Ben’s Hanukkah spirit.
This scene got me to thinking: We should all be excited to learn about Hanukkah. Christ is Jewish, so Hanukkah shouldn’t just be a Jewish holiday, but a holiday for Christians too.
Another thing I love about this episode, is that Superman shows up and gets involved in learning about Hanukkah and celebrating Christmas. Can we say PotterWars #FUF? The thing is, so many times we Christians forget that Christ didn’t come to erase history—let alone his own culture. Christ came for the past, the present, and the future. He came so that all who ever lived, were living, or would live could be saved and granted eternal life.
Maybe the Friends writers were onto something with this Holiday Armadillo. Perhaps Hanukkah and Christmas shouldn’t be two holidays celebrated by separate faiths. Rather, maybe it’s time for us Christians to embrace both Old and New Testaments and celebrate with our Jewish friends.
Just a thought for next year. Merry Christmas. A belated Happy Hanukkah. And a blessed New Year!
Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel. ~ Isaiah 7:14 NIV
This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit. Because Joseph her husband was a righteous man and did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly. But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: “The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel”–which means, “God with us.” ~ Matthew 1:18-23 NIV