I hate writing about things that could brew controversy. Mostly because I despise typical debates with obvious statements that have been vocalized a million times over. I don’t know why I am mentioning this, but I am.
A recent friendly conversation about the use of the word ‘holiday’ to replace ‘Christmas’ had me thinking, “What would Jesus do?” While I cannot speak for the Son of God, I can imagine what his ideas would be on this beaten-to-death topic.
Jesus does not care. Jesus did not ask us to have a month long or longer celebration of his birth using red and green streamers and Santa Claus and snowman shaped cookies. Jesus does not mind if the stores write Holiday Sale!!! when they are trying to push more units of the most recent electronics. I’ll even bet he would rather not have his name attached to any retail store in the first place.
I understand that the season has been taken from a one day celebration of the birth of the Christian Messiah and erupted into an enormous and often stressful season, having very little to do with religion. I enjoy the season, as it brings me great memories of family and food and toys and television specials. It bothers me that some (not all) people claiming to want to put the Christ back in Christmas will fight for things like having twinkle lights state the name of their savior as though Jesus cares one way or another.
Let’s face the fact that Christmas is December 25th and the Holiday Season is two months of cider and sleigh rides and try to understand that Jesus cannot be encapsulated in your red and green M & M’s.