|Fireworks (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
Here in the South, there appears to be a regional obsession with fireworks unlike anything I have previously experienced. While organized displays only happen on July 4, many families appear to include fireworks in their celebration of the 4th, New Year's Eve, and as I recently learned, even Christmas. Evidently, Jesus expects fireworks. He expects them to begin a few days before Christmas eve and continue until a few days after New Year's Day. Moreover, he expects them to continue all night with total disregard for one's neighbors. What Jesus definitely does not expect, however, is for those shooting fireworks into other people's yards to clean up their mess afterward.
The other noteworthy difference is the type of fireworks we're talking about. Families around here are using the high-powered stuff I had only previously seen during city-sponsored displays. It seems legal to buy anything one wants, and there have been many times when I have wondered if what I am hearing is actually dynamite.
The day after each of these holidays - and for at least a week around Christmas and New Years, I get to celebrate by picking up debris from my yard.