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Despite haters, keep Christ in Christmas

When I was young, there was one thing that we always looked forward to each year –
Mom pulling out the box of Christmas decorations the Friday after Thanksgiving. She would spend hours placing the cheerful decorations perfectly around the house, with that special touch that only Mom had.
This was a special day because it officially launched the countdown to Christmas Day. The coming weeks would be filled with baking special treats, Dad hanging lights around the house, practicing for the Christmas program at church, and best of all, blowing 11 months of dust off the Nat King Cole album and playing “O Come All Ye Faithful” – ah yes, that velvety voice!
The Christmas season has always been that time of year when you could count on a whole-hearted feeling of joy and peace among everyone, a celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. When I was growing up, this was the norm, supported in our schools, businesses, and neighborhoods.
Looking back, some 35 years later, I don’t really recall the point at which I realized there was a whittling away of this precious day – but there is no mistaking the annual “holiday” movement nowadays. My best guess is it started sometime around the launch of the Cabbage Patch Kids. (Remember those lovable little dolls that somehow became hard to find, just weeks before Christmas, creating one of our first glimpses of chaotic consumerism?)
I must admit, at the time, I was amused watching nightly news stories that featured clips of 50 or so parents clawing the store manager to get one of the 10 or 15 dolls that arrived on the delivery truck the night before.
Sometime between the Cabbage chaos and the invention of modern day “political correctness,” a movement spawned to devalue the one celebration that brings peace and joy to millions, if not billions of people, around the world. A celebration so powerful it caused a temporary truce in the middle of a World War; a celebration that transcends political, social, cultural and economic differences that plague society 11 months out of the year.
We have been told “Christmas” is “offensive.” Oh yes, it’s “offensive,” simply because of the very word that defines the celebration, Christmas.
I’m amazed by the faux worrying the political, social, media and educational elites, and big business have injected into mainstream society in response to a seemingly powerful, yet relatively small group that is annually traumatized by the word “Christmas.”
You will never convince me that one ounce of harm is caused to anyone reading or hearing the word “Christmas,” or the greeting “Merry Christmas.”
But, if the “offended victims” hate me for celebrating Christmas, then I’m in good company. Jesus was hated, also – remember when Jesus said in John 15:18, “If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first.”
Therefore, let’s remember to keep CHRIST in CHRISTmas as we celebrate his birth this and every year, as we have for over 2,000 years.
Merry Christmas.