2015 Christmas Letter: Pay Up

I’m making my Christmas letter a subscription service. After reading, please remit payment of $0.37. Please ensure that the entirety of payment is in pennies. Failure to do so will result in absolutely nothing happening. So carry on as usual.

Now that the business procedures have been addressed, let’s troll the ancient yuletide carol! And no trolling a carol is not, “Your Yuletide Carol is so old that it baby sat for Jesus.” Trolling in times past meant to celebrate with song. Now it means writing terrible comments on YouTube.

I digress… back to singing. I will now write a Christmas classic that you can sing while roasting chestnuts over an open fire with your family for years to come.  It is sung to the tune of the Macarena but with jingle bells. Jingle bells makes any song sound like Christmas.

Every single year there is a special day
That you wish would arrive without delay.
It makes life worth living.
It’s the gift that keeps on giving.
It makes everything in life so much better!
It’s Mark Rowan’s Christmas Letterrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!!!

There’s a Grammy for Christmas songs, right?

For those of you without Facebook and/or bad memories, I will now summarize our life from 2015:

  • Jenny is now the Nursery Director at our church. She loves it.
  • Elena Kay is the president of Student Council. She gets to boss around people with purpose.
  • Cassia has a best friend in her class named Caelin. She insists on calling her Caitlyn.
  • Josiah’s teacher thinks he is gifted. Being a rule follower has its advantages.
  • Addie thinks the world revolves around her. It does.
  • I can’t quit the Redskins. I need professional help.

Now imagine clicking the Like button. We now feel validated as a family. Thank you.

Much of life revolves around technology (as I type this on a computer) and while it does have value, i.e. getting free shipping on ugly Christmas sweaters, it will never replace the need for real human interaction. People were made for each other. We were made to love. And there is never a more perfect expression of love than when you are in the presence of the ones who you adore. Everyone appreciates social media posts that keep us connected, but may we never let that replace the authenticity of time spent in each other’s presence.

Christmas in a very real sense is a reminder of God’s desire to be in our presence. There is a mutual desire in our hearts, as well. Not only were we created to enjoy our family and friends but also we cannot go without the presence of God in our lives. Emmanuel – God with us – the plan of God from before time is now a reality. May the presence of Jesus bless you this Christmas!


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