Thursday, November 13, 2008

CHRISTmas Thoughts

With my two little guys upstairs napping, and my husband likewise curled under the blankets, I should be packing. However, I feel like writing so here I sit. The wind is cold and swirling down the chimney, sounding lonely and menacing. A warm throw fresh from the dryer and a cup of white hot chocolate are calling my name repeatedly.

The main thing on my mind is the ever-growing group of people who do not believe in Christ, but celebrate Christmas, and therefore want to change the name of the holiday to accomodate those who don't believe in God. This is utterly ridiculous!! Is there not freedom of religion? Yes. Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Christ, and we can NOT leave Christ out of Christmas!! It is a Christian holiday. The same people who fight for their religions and their own right to respect and worship them, are asking - no, Demanding- that we change the name of our Christian holiday to accomodate them. This gets me more than alittle hot under the collar.

Then I think, can we blame them? For years Christmas has become more and more commercialized; squeezing God out of the celebrations. It is this commercial conglomerate that the world celebrates. In a big way, I think we have brought this conclusion upon ourselves.

The only solution I can come up with, using my small voice, is to have a parallel holiday. Have a holiday season that can be celebrated by these wonderful people who don't celebrate the birth of Christ, but who want to take part in the season of peace and joy. That way, Christians can celebrate the birth of Christ and call it such as is our right, and the rest of the world can celebrate along with us, without forcing us to change the name to make it more comfortable.

Sounds good to me, anyway.


chantal said...

Thanks for posting this! I agree with you and it makes me mad too! I remember when I was little in elemantary school we said the Lords prayer and sang the national anthem every morning as a school. Nowadays kids are discouraged from even mentioning religion in school. And store clerks can't even say Merry Christmas. They have to say happy holidays or something generic.

SongbirdMama said...

Hey Karen.....I wrote a similar blog last Christmas, and the next day, I got an email from "Jesus". I kid you not. Go back in my blog archives and read it. It's amazing. I completely agree with you, but his "letter" from the Savior really gave me a different perspective.

Peggy said...

What a wonderful post! I could not agree more. Every year, I remind my oldest what Christmas is really about.