Friends, can I vent for just a quick minute? Something has been driving me crazy lately. Is it me, or is the word "Christmas" disappearing from the English language? Every commercial I hear on the radio or see on TV is advertising "HOLIDAY" sales trying to get consumers to buy the "HOLIDAY gifts" from their store. Every store I shop in, the clerk working the check out counter says "Happy HOLIDAYS" as I walk away. People are throwing "HOLIDAY parties"... What it the heck happened to CHRISTMAS? I mean, did someone change December 25th to Holiday Day instead of Christmas Day and I didn't get the memo?
For just a moment I will set aside the real reasons for Christmas (don't worry, I will come back to that) but religion aside the majority of Americans are celebrating some form of Santa/Rudolf/presents/tree with lights and ornaments Christmas. Right? Nearly every house on our street is decorated with lights and those blow-up lawn reindeer. The mall parking lots are filled to the brim with people buying presents to exchange on Christmas Day. So what is the problems calling it Christmas music or Christmas decorations or Christmas cards? Why has it changed to be "holiday" everything. Look and listen today. I would be willing to bet 9 times out of 10 you will see or hear the word holiday in the place of the word Christmas.
That makes me sad, but my heart breaks for people who don't know this next part.
Every year it seems like less and less people know the real reason for celebrating Christmas. Christmas is the day that celebrates the birth of Jesus. The day we remember that the Savior of the World was born and in doing so fulfilled prophesies told hundreds of years prior. The day that we celebrate that God himself became fully human in the form of a helpless baby, to show us how much He loves us by living a human life and experiencing pain and joy just as we do. But Jesus didn't stay a baby! Without the birth of Jesus, there would have never been the death of Jesus, and without the death of Jesus, we all would have to face the consequences for our sins. But because that little baby was born over 2000 years ago, and later as a grown man was crucified on a cross, the penalty for our sins has been paid in full! Sounds like a reason to celebrate CHRISTmas to me!
When I was growing up, we would bake and decorate "Happy Birthday Jesus" cakes with my Grandmother. She would help us bake the cake and then get out all of her most special cake decorating tools and let us use anything we wanted to decorate our own little cake for Jesus. We would even sing Happy Birthday and have candles on the cakes. It may seem like a silly idea, but it helped all the grandkids remember that we were not celebrating presents or Santa or candy (although all of those things were there too!) but that we were celebrating the birth of Jesus.
And we always had a Christmas tree growing up, but my favorite decoration to help my mom unpack was her beautiful nativity scene. I loved unwrapping each piece and setting it up in the little barn. Each part was wrapped up with tissue paper, so as each one was unwrapped it was a surprise - sheep, camels, wise men, shepherds, Mary, angel, Joseph, little baby Jesus.
Well, I feel a little better getting that all off my chest - I realize not everyone will agree with me on this. However this is my blog, and my opinion. If you do disagree, and wish to comment, I ask that you are respectful and I reserve the right to remove any comments that I think are inappropriate.
To lighten the mood of this post I saw this picture the other day and thought it fit perfect with my venting today! My favorite one is #7 - totally ridiculous!
What do you do to keep Christ in Christmas in your house?
Am I the only one to notice/be bothered by the fact that the word Christmas has disappeared?