Is Jesus the Reason for This?


Merry Christmas versus Happy Holidays; Rampant overspending resulting in crushing debt; Fights in the aisles over who gets the last X-Box on the shelf; Jammed traffic and jammed malls; Much too much commercialization.

Jesus versus Santa; Lawsuits over Nativity scenes; A holiday or a holy day; Beleaguered store clerks bearing the brunt of impatient shoppers; Far too many Christmas lights on the house of the neighbor next door.

The loneliness and depression felt by those not having a Hallmark Christmas; The sharp reminder of their poverty by those unable to afford the latest and the greatest from Santa’s Fortune 500 workshop; The hopelessness felt by many in splintered families; The rate of suicides that spike while the halls are being decked.

So much for peace on earth and goodwill toward man. I don’t think Jesus is the reason for any of this. Could it be instead of putting him back into Christmas that maybe we should take him out of what it has become?

John Grisham wrote about skipping Christmas. Maybe we should- or at least skip it in its present form.

Just what would that baby in Bethlehem have us do to celebrate his birthday?

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9 Responses to Is Jesus the Reason for This?

  1. Velcro says:

    You mean you can’t afford that Space Trip offered by Neimann’s for $1M plus?

    I really wouldn’t know where to start. It’s become so engraved into who we are as a society and yes, even as Christians.

    My Brother-in-Law’s family does something each Christmas. For every toy a child receives, that child must pick out a toy of their own that they’ve had for awhile and give it to a charity.

  2. Velcro says:

    You mean you can’t afford that Space Trip offered by Neimann’s for $1M plus?

    I really wouldn’t know where to start. It’s become so engraved into who we are as a society and yes, even as Christians.

    My Brother-in-Law’s family does something each Christmas. For every toy a child receives, that child must pick out a toy of their own that they’ve had for awhile and give it to a charity.

  3. DJG says:

    This year I am personally doing Advent. On the recommendation of TCS I got Henri Nouwans book of Advent readings/prayer and daily tasks. I got an Advent calander from John Grant’s blog.

    I can’t change what the world has done to Christmas, but I can change my attitude and hopefully be a blessing to those around me.

  4. Anonymous says:

    I love this time of year! I refuse to let Satan and his imps hijack one of the most Holy holidays from me and my family.

    We have several months of wonderful opportunities to say a good word about Christ provided by the gift buying and giving, by the family meals, and other wonderful events that beg the question. What is this really all about?

    Have you noticed that the world and the devil who controls it have never liked Jesus?

    Grace and Peace,
    Royce Ogle

  5. JD says:

    Well Ebenezer Scrooge! LOL … It’s all in what you see, my friend. Everything you said is true…but there are the other things you did not mention. They are real and they exist as well…the kinder spirit (not found at Wal-Mart either on a shelf or in the aisle!)… the families who consider how important they are to one another … I see the Angel Trees in the mall … and the bell ringers collecting money to bring some cheer to those who are disadvantaged … I see charity moving people to do what they normally do not do. So yes, Virginia, there is a Jesus … and He has a lot to do with the cheer of this season.

  6. Danny says:

    No doubt he does JD- and that is exactly what we should be spreading!

  7. JD says:

    The Whole Year Christmas

    Oh, could we keep the Christmas thrill
    The goad of gladness and good-will,
    The lift of laughter and the touch
    Of kindled hands that utter much,
    Not once a year, but all the time,
    The melody of hearts in chime,
    The impulse beautiful and kind,
    Of soul to soul and mind to mind
    That swings the world
    And brings the world
    On one great day of all the year
    Close to God’s treasure house of cheer…
    Oh, could we keep the Christmas feast,
    Even when goods and gold are least;
    Here, ‘mid our common, daily scenes,
    Could we but live what Christmas means,
    Not one day, but for every day
    The miracle of wholesome play,
    The sweet spirit, gift-giving, young,
    From deepest wells of feeling sprung…

    What a different world this would be!
    For we would see as children see,
    If only a magic way were found
    To make us children the whole year round!

    — Angela Morgan

    From an old book of religious verse in my library.

  8. Randy M says:

    Well put, Danny. I have to agree with JD, too. It all depends on what you are looking at and looking for. We each have to choose what we are going to do, whether it be how we celebrate Christmas or Easter or how we live any day of our life. Christ calls us to make the world a better place regardless of what is going on around us by letting our lights shine. I think rather than focusing on the negative, we need to be looking for the positive things we can do to make things better.

    Just a side note, though. Your comment about suicides going up around the holidays is incorrect, though I believed it myself for a long time. Check http://www.snopes.com/holidays/christmas/suicide.asp for more info.

  9. Danny says:

    Thanks for the correction Randy. I guess I bought into one of those long standing urban myths.

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