Monday, December 19, 2005

Taking Back Christmas

The conservative talk radio hosts have it all wrong! The problem with Christmas is not its being packaged as the "holidays", the problem is the bastardisation of the name Christmas. How did Christmas become so completely corrupted by materialism? I spent a good part of 5 hours driving today, and was shocked at parents nervous about getting their hands on a Xbox 360 or iPod Nano, or people generally obsessing about avoiding tensions associated with gifting.

Now, I confess I've never been much of a gift-giver. I don't give gifts for birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, achievements ... you'd better be pleased with a card, if that. But even if you aren't as acrimonious to purported material manifestations of affection, how did we convert a holy day like Christmas to such a cheap and vulgar display of money?

Is this what Jesus' message was? I'm sure he's having a word with the Big Guy, saying damn, maybe I didn't want to go on the cross for this! Jesus' life was one of simplicity and service, something we'd all do well to remember. Too many Christians are just too happy giving lip service to the fact that Jesus went on the cross for their sins, and using it to ignore their own actions.

I say we need a revolution - not one that ponders wether "Happy Holidays" is offensive or not, but one that emphasizes the true meaning of Christmas!

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