Keep (Only) Christ in Christmas

A letter to yesterday's Indianapolis Star had an interesting response to the annual “keep Christ in Christmas” hubbub. What if Christians kept just Christ in Christmas, and let go of all the stuff that is not specifically Christian? What if they let go of the trees, and the gifts, and Santa, and secular Christmas music, and just focused on Jesus, and the other stuff was moved to a separate holiday (the letter proposed New Year's Day)?

I suspect that the truth is that most of us who are Christians like all that other stuff. I bet that most of us would agree that it wouldn't seem like Christmas without it.

And so, rather than move everything not explicitly Christian to New Year's Day, can we not merely stop pretending that this is a holiday that anyone has an exclusive claim on, and learn to share it?

Maybe we could even manage a bit of goodwill and all that in the process?

 

  • the_Siliconopolitan

    Why New Year’s Day? Wouldn’t the Spring be better? I seem to recall something about shepherds in the field – not very Wintery that.

    Anyway, New Year’s wouldn’t work. Then we’d have to move the Feast of the Holy Circumcision to Epiphany, and Epiphany would then be in the middle of January. Much too complicated.

  • Kristen B

    I tend to think that we get a little sensitive when it comes to this time of year.

    And I think that’s because we take it personally. There really isn’t a conspiracy to take our God away from us. I think that it’s a celebration, really, of our history. Paganism was HUGE when Christianity was spreading– especially in Northern Europe. Using their symbolism to tie the circles together really isn’t all that awful.

    But I think, as a Christian, that we really need to focus on what we think OUR relationship with God is and care less about what other people think about our spirituality. It’s a very personal experience, building a relationship with God.

    It reminds me of this video I
    recently came across– it’s a cute little song about how Jesus and his followers
    actually Occupy Jerusalem.

    Anyways, here it is: http://youtu.be/a6akkb_afqs

    Which, it has a point.

  • http://www.facebook.com/i.am.missy Melissa Daniels Townsend

    Well, since December 25th and many of its traditions were around long before Christianity, why don’t WE move? There are approximately 360 other days in the year for us to do our thing… our way… and let everyone else do their thing when and how they want to. It is WE who are called to be different. We are NOT called to force everyone else to bow to our God…

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Lynn-Schwalbe-Larson/625753158 Lynn Schwalbe-Larson

    Wow you guys are a HUGE breath of fresh air!!!!


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