I don’t know about you but I am getting tired of seeing Keep Christ in Christmas signs in peoples yards. My first reaction is “What are they really fighting for?”, because these are the same people rushing around yelling at each other over the last black Friday item. They are the same people putting themselves in debt to get the best presents for people who really don’t need them and teaching their children that Christmas means material things. Also, that Christmas means putting on a fake happy face for people you can’t stand then bitching about them later.
To me their real goal is to celebrate selfishness and say that is what Christ meant when he created Walmart. I wonder how many of them realize that we commemorate his birth on a pagan holiday instead of his actual birthday, a decision made by the early church? Did Christ teach that we should stick our religious beliefs in everyone’s face and get pissed off when someone else has the temerity to express their religious views or lack thereof? If they are getting this from the Bible, it must be a different one than I have read. Did God and Christ create Christmas so that red suited hucksters could try and sell you everything from razors to candy, big screen TVs to scented candles.
I want to know if Christ is happy that children can probably recognize Santa easier than himself. Does the fact that corporations use sentimental Christmas music to promote profits instead of helping his unfortunate children bother him? Does he feel joy or disgust for the fight for a holiday filled with over indulgence, greed, and lust all wrapped up in a red faced, grey bearded child tantrum restraint? Well, here is my answer:
Keep Christ in Christmas, stop deifying Santa Claus!
My wish for this year is to see this statement on a billboard. Open the uncomfortable discussion parents avoid with their children. No, Christmas is not about getting stuff, it is about the birth of a man who died because we were wicked and greed for things is one of the causes of his death. No, it is not the big bad atheist who has ruined Christmas but instead, it is us with our buying presents and not helping the poor or standing up to the rich that work to keep them that way. Yes, we should stop crying for the lost Christmas feeling that we ourselves forgot and start living by example not proclamation.