Here’s the dealy-o. I don’t like Christmas cause of it’s roots. I don’t like Christians whining about being told Happy Holidays. (I find it incomprehensible that Christians are “offended” by being told Happy Holy-days. HOW is that possibly offensive??) I don’t like the sayings of “Keep Christ in Christmas” because we added Him to it in the first place…and I don’t like “Jesus is the Reason for the Season”…cause, well, originally He wasn’t.
BUT….HERE IS WHAT I DO LOVE…
I do, in fact love the corporateness and unity that it brings to the world. (which I think is why the division being brought over the greetings bother me so much) I love that people come together to reach out to those in need. I think how the world acts during November-December is how God called to church to act EVERY month. I cry every morning listening to the "Christmas Wishes" on the radio and how a radio station is stepping in to change the lives of families in desperate need. How different would the world be if that was truly how the Church acted all year long?
And, I LOVE Christmas songs- especially the one’s about Jesus. I think we should be singing them all year round. I love when even secular artists just want to show off their vocal skills and choose to sing O Holy Night or Come All Ye Faithful. It overwhelms me to sit and watch or listen to the truth of God’s word being declared over the airways. Do you remember when Vanessa Williams and Luciano Pavarotti sang Oh Come All Ye Faithful on Saturday Night Live? How crazy is that concept that they were standing on that stage singing “come, let us adore Him, Christ the Lord”
It’s an absolutely amazingly beautiful part of the season that regardless of my feelings about the overall holiday, I deeply cherish the moments when I can sit and listen to people all over the world declare that the Messiah has come to bring Salvation to the world.