COLLINS – Maybe it’s time to return Christmas to its roots as a Christian experience without all the extras

Christmas is a time to celebrate many things but maybe it should be returned to its roots. (KCBIA photo)
Christmas is a time to celebrate but maybe it should be returned to its roots. (KCBIA photo)

FOR CHRISTIANS, this week is one of the highlights of the calendar, the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. For non-Christians, a time for a few days of relaxing and celebrating, for the most part, the good things in life.

collins-colhedIt has been a tendency in recent years to do away with saying “Merry Christmas”, even though this is a Christian holiday, replaced by “Best of the Season”, “Happy Holidays”, etc. And while those statements are nice, I very seldom say them.

As a Christian, it is “Merry Christmas.” It is not politically incorrect to say that, it is not a slight to non-Christians. I cannot help the fact that society as a whole, Christians and non-Christians alike, have turned this religious celebration into so much more than it is, or should be.

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2 comments

  1. Doug,
    Thanks for your point of view.
    It isn’t likely that Jesus was born on December 25th. But, His birthday remembrance has “morphed” into a combination of just about everything, including the celebration of the winter solstice and now has grown into a vastly commercialized party.
    The wise men probably didn’t show up to see Jesus until a few months after His birth in Bethlehem. The gifts they brought to Him were perhaps used to finance His family’s flight to and stay in Egypt to escape Herod’s wrath.
    Somehow, people have come to expect that magical things will happen when the presents are opened on Christmas morning.
    The coming of Emmanuel into a person’s life can come on any day of the year.
    Christians shouldn’t apologize for Christmas, with all of its flaws, being the remembrance of the birth of the One who was truly and properly God and truly and properly man.
    What other faith is tied so closely with inspired music?
    On the night of His birth, the choir of angels was heard from Heaven. Songs about Him have been written and sung through the years. It seems that when nothing else can touch a person’s heart, gospel music can.
    I invite you to look up Michael W. Smith singing “All Is Well”

    Merry Christmas

  2. Mr. Collins

    Do with, celebrate or ignore the traditions of December in whatever you wish, but stop saying it’s a “Christian holiday.”

    Only the misguided Christians think the time of the winter solstice has anything to do with Jesus, as he was not born in December at all.

    This time of the year, the big holiday was winter solstice, and it was a holy time for pagans. Christians usurped the holiday to bring the pagans (mostly Romans of the era) into the Christian fold.

    Almost all of the Christmas symbols are PAGAN, not Christian: mistletoe, holly, ivy, decorated trees, wreaths, etc, etc.

    To many of us, linking Christianity to Christmas is a very apt metaphor – not unlike the hypocrisy of the season in general, and most of Christianity in particular. We now know, for example, that much of corporate giving is not based on “Christian generosity” but corporate gain.

    The fake pleasantries of the season don’t hide the scuffles over the last remaining prized item on a store shelf. Forget Christianity, basic manners go out the window when a parking space or a potential gift are both sought by more than one person at the same time.

    So if YOU want to say Merry Christmas, fly at it. If YOU want to say Happy Holidays, fine. Just don’t insult mine – or anyone else’s – intelligence by suggesting that Christmas has, in any way, something to do with Jesus and Christianity.

    it didn’t start that way, it didn’t evolve that way, and the Christmas traditions we see everywhere are not Christian either.

    So … “Best of the Season!” to you and your family, no matter what religion or expression of greeting you choose.

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