Sometimes it’s good just to have some FUN! This song does that, but it does much more too! There are three important things that every Christian can learn from listening to “I want a hippopotamus for Christmas!”
First, have a little fun. Loosen up. Enjoy yourself. Too many Christians walk around all serious all the time. Comedian Ken Davis does a great bit about Christians who have the Joy of Jesus in their heart, but look like they’ve been sucking on a pickle. Joy and smiles go hand in hand. Please let yourself enjoy Christmas, and have a little fun while you’re at it!
Second, this little girl dreams BIG. Really BIG! She knows the giver of her Christmas Gifts and isn’t afraid to ask for something BIG! You know your Heavenly Father is the giver of ALL gifts and He’s capable of really big things too. Dream BIG! Dream BIG and ask BIG things from God. He’s more than capable to deliver.
Speaking of delivering BIG things…most adults would hear a child ask for a hippo, and focus on the problems. Where will it sleep? What will it eat? Who’s going to take care of it? How will Santa get it here in the first place? Some people focus on the problems. The girl focuses on her goal, and creatively finds ways to make it happen. Space? We’ve got a two car garage! Care? I’ll do it, and I’ll go the extra mile and throw in a massage too! Delivery? Santa doesn’t even have to get dirty in that old chimney when he comes to my house, he can just walk in through the front door with my hippo! Don’t focus on the problems. Instead, look to the one who creates solutions. It’s a very biblical Christmas theme isn’t it? Read Romans 8:28 to see that God focuses not on problems, but on solutions!
I want a hippopotamus for Christmas! What a great song! Learn from it. Dream BIG. Focus on solutions. And, did I mention, have some fun?