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?