My tongue is in my hand…

Devil’s Advocate

Posted on: November 28, 2009

I know an increasing amount of people arguing against the commercialization of Christmas (besides Charlie Brown, of course). And I agree. In many ways, we have turned a day set aside to celebrate the birth (and subsequent life) of Jesus Christ, earthly God incarnate, something that could (should?) be a holy day for Christians into something…else.

It’s a whole month of family gatherings, decorations, parties, programs, events, fundraisers, special church services, Santa Claus movies, and of course, gift exchanging. So, I get that. But here’s the thing- I think, if we let it, it can be good for us.

Christmas is what you make it in your life, what you let it be, what you insist it be. Being cynical, bitter, rejecting, or averse to other’s implementation of Christmas really doesn’t benefit you (or anyone else) at all. If you don’t like how other’s utilize this time of the year, then don’t engage. But think about some of the idealogic cornerstones (no matter how far many deviate from them) of the Christmas season: faith, hope, love, joy, generousity. Make those things a part of your daily life and then take a month at the end of the year to kick it up a notch and really bask in it, really celebrate it the whole month.Those around you can benefit from this and may possibly join in- and I can’t think of a better way to keep Christ in Christmas.

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1 Response to "Devil’s Advocate"

Saturnalia.

Honestly have to admit that I can’t be bothered by the commercialization of Christmas, it’s the most evolved holiday in history, and I expect it’ll continue to evolve like it always has, perhaps in another 50 years it’ll be a muslim holiday, mohammed’s birthday or something.

A fair amount of people know that Jesus was actually born in the spring, no where near Dec 25th. And the reason that we celebrate it on that day is because of the absorption and adoption of the then pagan holiday of saturnalia where, come winter, the pagan druids would bring boughs of pine needles and wood into the home to keep alive the green ness of the spring and generally cozy up the place. They’d also exchange gifts. that’s where we get it, and i figure give it a bit and the holiday will be again absorbed and adopted by someone else.

Keep the reason alive, regardless of the holiday, If Christmas goes away, we’ve gotta still keep that reason. that’s the trick.

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