Put Christ back in Christmas, Holy back in Holiday, Give Santa Claus and commercialism the boot, Make Christmas the celebration of Christ’s birth
“What’s to-day, my fine fellow?” said Scrooge.
“To-day!” replied the boy. “Why, Christmas Day.”
“It’s Christmas Day!” said Scrooge to himself. “I haven’t missed it.”
“He became as good a friend, as good a master, and as good a man, as the good old city knew.”
“God bless us every one!”…Charles Dickens, “A Christmas Carol”
“Thank God for the life of Charles Dickens.”…Citizen Wells
I think about this often, especially during Christmas Season.
I have been planning this article for some time, what I would say, saving fitting articles.
And there it was a few minutes ago, running errands getting back in my car, on the rear of the car in front of me.
Santa was very much a part of Christmas and the gluttony of “I want I want” of my childhood.
As I got older the empty feeling after it was over began to make an impression on me. The empty feeling of thinking more of myself instead of others and the letdown that material goods always eventually provide.
Thank God it did.
Even though I was raised in the church and actively took part in the services, the pull of material possessions was too great.
Christmas is about celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ, being with family, giving not receiving and reflecting on life.
Sadly, the focus on non Christian materialism, Santa etc., has steadily increased since then as well as the me me me mentality that permeates our society.
Many folks these days substitute holidays to avoid a reference to Christ but even that word originated as Holy Days.
So let’s put the Christ back in Christmas and Holy back in holidays.
Greet people with Merry or Blessed Christmas even if they don’t understand or feel uncomfortable.
Help them to understand.
God bless and Merry Christmas.