There are still a few days to listen to Christmas music and watch your favorite holiday shows.

Twas a few days before Christmas and the Mayans lost out. The world has not ended. Was there ever a doubt?

Now that all of the end of the world jokes have been told and all of the ridiculous news stories about Mayans have been read, we can resume our disinterest in this Central American band of merry men and revive our infatuation with ridiculous Christmas themed stories.

How much money would you need to buy all of the gifts in the song “The 12 Days Christmas”? How many employees would Santa need if he were a real manufacturing and distribution outfit?

Apparently, Santa would need 12 million employees world-wide and the gifts listed in “The 12 Days of Christmas” would cost just over $100,000.

Of course, how and why someone would buy maids a milking or lords a leaping will forever be debated.

And Santa’s need for employees is a small part of the “magic” that makes Christmas work. He comes down a chimney in the winter. There is no accounting for how the fire is put out before he roasts his rump.

Flying reindeer make perfect sense, right?

Hopefully, your Christmas shopping is done. If not, you better hope Santa is really going to bring your presents because you are almost out of time.

There are still a few days to listen to Christmas music and watch your favorite holiday shows.

But don’t worry, when Christmas Day comes and goes, it will only be about nine months until we start getting ready for 2013.

Sometimes it is hard to hear the real message of Christmas over all of the noise.

We need to remember why we celebrate. Spend five minutes reading the first couple of chapters of the Gospel of Luke this weekend.

Now that we have made it past the predicted apocalypse, we need to regain our perspective.

Sing the songs and watch the shows. Buy and wrap and wrap all of the presents.

But remember the birthday we are celebrating when we take part in all of the trappings of the season.

Without the baby in the manger, this is just another busy and expensive season.

Kent Bush is the publisher at the Augusta Daily Gazette, the El Dorado Times, and the Andover American newspapers.  He can be contacted at