I have decided to join the fight, and declare war on Christmas.
The upcoming Christian Feast day, commemorating the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, has been too long co-opted by retailers, Republicans, and that vicious greeting card industry to sell their wares, whether they be electronics, legalistic religion, or saccharine images of the Holy Mother and Child.
Some retailers and even politicians have repented this sacrilage, and to commemorate the "holidays" instead, recognizing that lots of stuff goes on at the end of the year. I appreciate their more sensitive treatment of the Christian Holy Day, along with the other commemorations on other calendars.
Besides, all these people who talk about "putting the Christ back into Christmas" need first to take the plank from their own eye and put the "Mass" back into it. If you worship with the Christian Community when the Feast of the Incarnation falls on a Tuesday, then we'll have a chat.
I have declared war. Do not wish me a "Merry Christmas." I say "Bah, Humbug!" Instead, wish me a "blessed Advent," and "blessed day of commemoration of the Incarnation of our Lord Jesus Christ." After awhile, it'll just roll off the tongue.
My first salvo, of course, was to support the closure of Southland Christian Church ...on December 25. Next, I will assemble my army!
And on that note, if anyone wants to buy me a Christmas present, you might check out my wishlist at Amazon.com - but it's better to buy from Bean Books!
I'm a library paraprofessional and occasional theology instructor at a liberal arts college. I teach folks how to do academic research efficiently and throughly, and I teach Christian theology at the college level and in churches. I hold the Master of Applied Theology from the University of Oxford.