When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him. (Matthew 2:3 NIV)
It is easy to get crazy at Christmas. Our schedules run a muck. We overextend and overspend. Because instead of wrapping our hearts around the One Gift that really matters we get wrapped up in paper and tinsel and parties. Herod and all of Jerusalem went a bit crazy, too, after that first Christmas. Herod is historically known for his mental illness. Crazy enough to kill toddlers (Matthew 2:16). They were all "disturbed". Why? One of the reasons? They weren't wise men.
On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. (Matthew 2:11 NIV)
There were Wise Men, however, that didn't go nuts...that weren't disturbed by the young King. Ones that worshiped the Child. Ones that brought gifts instead of getting wrapped up in themselves. Maybe the key to not going crazy at Christmas is in the worship. In the giving of our hearts to Christ.
True worship wraps a heart around the One Gift we need the most. Will you worship the One the Wise Men exalted? Because no one goes crazy at Christmas when Christ is in the middle of it all.