Friday, December 10, 2010


10th in the "Unsettling Advent" series

Every year about this time someone gets all upset about some secular "war on Christmas."

Typically, church-going folk see "Xmas" and or "Happy Holidays" or "Happy Merrymas," etc. and start murmuring things like "let's keep Christ in Christmas" and "Jesus is the reason for the season."  Others, like badly biased news media source Fox, try to fan the flames of disproven and nonexistent conspiracies that purport to plot to completely secularize the Christmans holiday.

I take all this with a grain of salt.  It's all overblown.

I'm more concerned about Christians themselves draining any valid meaning out of Christmas than any commercial or secular interest taking away its name.

The commercialization of Christmas is a longstanding practice and tradition. Merchants have been making big bucks on religious holidays for millenia.  Our time and culture is no different.  Even the political correctness that overreacts to the Christ in Christmas is not unprecedented.  And it's all cyclical.

It's not the world's place uphold the meaning of Christmas.  It is its very nature to try to exploit it.  They seize the occasion to make a killing.  In my opinion, efforts to remove "Christ" from the Advent and Christmas holidays is self-defeating for savvy merchandisers.  Instead of mildly to grossly offending the vast majority of American consumers by acting as if Christmas were somehow not PC to say or use in advertising or discourse, these money-baggers should be going over the top with it.

No, it's not the marketplace's role to uphold or giving meaning to Christmas.  That is the Christian and the church's responsibility.  Why would the church trust the world to keep the Biblical message of the Gospels pure?  Get real.

On the other hand, Christians can say "Jesus is the reason for the season" at the top of their lungs and demand that Christ be kept in Christmas all they want, and at the same time drain the Incarnation of any valid meaning to an onlooking world.

More on that in tomorrow's post.  Until then, "Happy Holidays," er, "Merry Christmas!"


  1. Nice post. I definitely agree that we Christians need to focus more at how we display the truth and glory of Christmas rather than at the how the world co-opts it for its own use.


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