I was out on errands and made a pit stop at the local box store. I was looking for a few things hoping to find a decent price. One of them included a 12″ cast-iron skillet that Mrs. Lee has been asking for. Although I was slightly nauseated by the intense nature of the Xmas fluff up and down every single isle, I could still find comfort in the thought of eggs over easy and some corned-beef hash with my coffee and cream. As the noxious music continued to flow in the background, I found myself at the checkout line. The clerk said “Happy Holidays.” I could care less that she did not say Merry Christmas. Honestly, as a disciple of Jesus, I would rather she not. I returned her greeting with a stern “Bah-Humbug!”
I do not think she even knew what it meant. I don’t think most of our current culture may even know what it means. She looked at me very puzzled and said, “what?” I reiterated and she still seemed confused, plausibly offended.
We have our personal reasons for not celebrating Christmas. It has been two solid years since began deleting the already light manner in which my wife and I celebrated before we were married. We do desire to be consistent with our kids and remind them that presents are not what Christmas is about. We also want to remind them that Christ is not in Christmas at all. No matter how the religious and faithful want to spell it, it is a commercial affair. The pagan roots don’t matter so much anymore as the absurdity of the holiday that begins as early as September anymore.
I don’t like nor listen to Glenn Beck. Although, I will have to say that his recent visit to CNN addresses the very essence of the ridiculousness of this holiday. Watch the video to hear his thoughts on the debate on whether Santa is white or black?
To back up the racial prejudice in depicting Santa as a “white man”, Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings confirm that there, “Ain’t No Chimneys in The Projects.”
If you really got time to sit down and take in some data, you can check out this two-hour presentation from Passion for Truth and Jim Staley entitled “Truth or Tradition – Should Christians Celebrate Christmas and Easter?”
Too long? How about something more in line with our short attention spans? Read this article by Scott Ashley, “The Top 10 Reasons Why I don’t Celebrate Christmas.”
Lastly, a more grounded and informative approach to how conviction and conscience play a role in whether one should or should not celebrate is appropriate. I would like to think that I share the sentiments in the following articles the most. An essay by Becky Lynn Black called, “Why we no longer celebrate Christmas” and a follow up responding to adjusting when you cancel Christmas, “Christmas: Going on from here.”