The Trouble with Half a Story

As a secondary school teacher I have certainly heard my fair share of good yarns. Even more so as a parent. If I could have a pound for every time I heard “but s/he started it…”

Over the years I have heard tale after tale. Some in defence, some in indignation, some fuelled with anger or spurred on by retribution. And you know what most of them are? Half a story. Tailored to suit the desired outcome of the individual telling it.

And maybe sometimes our perspective only allows us to see one half of the story…if we feel wronged, then the perpetrator is the only one at fault. And sure, sometimes this may well be the case. Yet we like to say “there are two sides to every story” … but how often are we willing to embrace this every single time?

And there’s no finer time to completely overlook both sides of a story than at Christmas.

We want the presents.

We want the tree.

We want the twinkle lights.

We want the cinnamon, hot chocolate and the ho! ho! ho!

We want to see our children in the school nativity.

But we don’t want Jesus.

We want cards.

We want family at home.

We want annual leave.

We want to leave carrots out for the reindeers.

But we don’t want Jesus.

And therein lies the trouble with half a story.

Now, don’t get me wrong. I’m all about the Christmas candles and the festive music. My tree is up, my lights are lit and my cupboard is stocked with paper cupcake cases with snowmen on.

But is that the end of the story? Is that it? Come January 1st are our bellies just a bit heavier and our wallets a bit lighter? Our kids have more stuff, our credit cards are burgeoning under the strain of flashy financial decisions and we all just wind up with the January blues…

That’s half the story.

And really, it’s a pretty miserable half a story.

And what of the other half? The half of the story that’s slowly being chiselled out of our consciousness, replaced with brussel sprouts wearing Santa hats and too much Christmas plonk?

This is the real breathtaking part of the story.

It’s the half a story where the glory of God appeared, stepped down from Heaven into the form of a man, an expression of God’s great redeeming love for the people He created.

It’s the half of a story when God made a way to clean us up, make us whole, bring us home.

It’s the half a story where our eternity is written. A life beyond this troubled chaotic one on earth.

But you know what the best news is of all?

It’s not even a story. It’s not just a good yarn to tell the grandkids over a mince pie.

It’s real.

Jesus came, as a baby, and as a man died to reconcile us with God.

And one day He’s coming back for us.

Let’s not miss this half. Let’s not get sidetracked with all the frill and fluff and bubble of Christmas. Let’s not miss our opportunities to bring real, lasting joy into someone’s life this Christmas with the best half of a beautiful, true story.

Praying for you and yours this Christmas.

Grace and Love

Helen x

Jesus is


Linked with Modest Mom Blog, Cornerstone Confessions, Mom’s Morning Coffee, A Little R’n’R


  1. Wonderful post telling us the real reason for Christmas 🙂 Thank you for sharing your post at Together on Tuesdays!


  2. Trying to live our life with all the tradition and none of Jesus leaves with us with a half-life at best!


  3. This is part of why we don’t do the Santa thing. It has started to completely replace what this day is all about. Thanks for sharing the WHOLE story!!

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  4. So true – the whole story is what makes it worth knowing, believing and trusting. Great reminder.

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  5. Christmas is all about Jesus – He IS the ONLY reason for this Christmas season! 🙂

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  6. Great reminder, not to forget the other half – the most important half!

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  7. This is a great reminder that Jesus is the central figure in Christmas. While the other stuff is good it means nothing without Christ.

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  8. Another beautiful post–Jesus really is the part of the story that is worth remembering, but we settle for second best. May we all draw closer to Jesus this season!

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