Dec. 25 is a very special day for many of us. The young ones write to Santa Claus hoping to get a certain gift or gifts while those further in years send ‘Happy Holidays’ cards, listen to ‘Santa Claus is Coming to Town’, and try to find the perfect gift for Aunt Martha who lives in Calgary.
Of course, the home has to be decorated so out of storage come the lights, reindeer, snowmen, penguins, Canada geese and Santa. We tend to spend more money than we were planning to because “they gave us a nice gift last year” and we don’t want anybody to think we are cheapskates. We are in such a frenzy because there’s so much to do before the big day.
Have you noticed that nowhere have I mentioned Christ so far? I suppose I have done what many do during the Christmas season . . . forget that Dec. 25 is the day we used to celebrate the birth of Christ. In some circles, we may even be forbidden to use his name so “Merry Christmas” becomes “Season’s Greetings”; stores don’t carry Christmas cards that have his name; nativity scenes seem passé; we are frowned at if we wear a lapel pin saying“Jesus is the Reason for the Season.”
So what are we going to do about this?