Monday, December 24, 2007

[christmas] don't forget the families

If you wonder how I, a Christian, can accept Oestrebunny's post:

There are no Christmas miracles and if Santa is coming down your chimney it's more than likely that he's not a benevolent bearded man, but in fact your drug addled pikey neighbour attempting to pilfer your presents.

And before anyone starts up, I refuse to accept 'celebrating the birth of our lord' as an answer. We all know the Romans pinched these festivities from the Pagans. I know it, you know it. Lets just all accept the fact that Jesus wasn't born with glitter in his hair or tinsel around his neck.

... then we need to look more closely at what she's saying. She's only speaking the truth here - the current orgy of consumer debt based on this time of year and the false pretence of festive cheer has no basis in history.

On the other hand, it is generally accepted that this time be the one designated as His birth [even though I don't celebrate December 25th myself - mine is January 7th]. Kids do love the tree and tinsel and it is a chance for famlies to come home and be together. It would be churlish to set that aside, to throw the baby out with the bathwater.

Enjoy your festive eve and day, especially as a family and I'll now toast to you with a glass of wine. Enjoy your family - it makes me feel warm just to think of it.


Wolfie said...

Happy Christmas James, may God be with you and indeed all of us in 2008.


The Tin Drummer said...

Well, regardless of all that, Happy Christmas to you. 25th, 7th, or whenever!

jmb said...

Christmas is what you choose to make of it, so we can only blame ourselves if we don't do it the way we want to. Yes it is for families and for those who don't have one, including them in our celebrations.

Colin Campbell said...

Very well put James. Today was a quiet family day for us, just enjoying the kids enjoying their presents.