Taking Back Christmas

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    In Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol," ebenezer Scrooge is sourrounded by merriment and acts of charity. None of it, not even the long-suffering kindness of his nephew, has the slightest influence on his hard heart. it is only when the angel prototypes - the "ghosts" of Christmas Past, Present and Future - confront him with what might be called his "sin" that Scrooge comes to his senses, repents and is "converted."

    That message of conversion - indeed the "original intent" of the Christmas message - is obscured not only in the boisterous celebration of something that has nothing to do with the "reason for the season," but now also invloves lawyers and complaining liberal and conservative ministers who either demand that people not celebrate Christmas or want everyone to celebrate as they do.

    The battles of Christmas 2004 include protestors in Denver who marched and sang carols alonmg an official parade route becasue they ahd been denied entry by "Parade of Lights" sponsors. Rules written by event sponsors prohibit floats and other expressions with a Christmas or religious theme. Officials however did allow the Two Sprirts Indian group to participate. The group considers homosexuality to be [B]"Holy".

    In New Jersey, the school district of South Orange and Maplewood has decreed that school bands will be limited to secular songs, such as "Frosty the Snowman" and "Winter Wonderland." The school district policy also bans instrumental "religious" songs, perhaps because some of the non-Christian might be reminded of Jesus, get offended and file a lawsuit.

    In malls everywhere, store clerks are instructed to say "Happy Holidays" to customers. You never know when a Kwanza shopper, A Hanukkah observer or an athiest might hear a greeting that does not reflect the sentiments of their "holiday."

    Among the problems of trying to have it both ways - Chrtistmas and "holidays" - is having it neither way. the message of "O Holy Night" cannot co-exist with "Sleigh Ride" and the "Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire." Equating or synthesizing the two has diminished the One who defines Christmas.

    The culture has shoplifted a most glorious event- God becoming Man- and appropriated it for the sole purpose of persuading people to buy stuff they can't afford for people who don't need it.

    Even Thanksgiving is being transformed from an event in which Pilgrims thanked God for His blessings into a meal of Super Bowl proportions and football. Children's textbooks teach the fiction that the Pilgrims thanked the Indians, not God, for their bounty.

    Easter long ago ceased being about ressurection, but bunnies, eggs and chocolate. Santa has v=become a God-substitute, who gives but requires nothing more than a child being "nice," and even that is negotiable.

    The Christmas celebrant has become too fixated on the secular culture and desires to go along in order to get along.

    The secularists can still have their days off and they can call those days, including Dec. 25, anything they wish. Let them display on public or private property whatever they like, or nothing.

    Let those of us for whom Christmas has a historic and eternal meaning celebrate it in our hearts, our lives and our relationships as never before. He gave us plenty of instructions, beginning with "feed the hungry
    , clothe the naked, love your enemies" and "pray for those who persecute you." .......................

    www.townhall.com/columnists/calthomas/printct20041214.shtml
     
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