The Christmas we need to hold on to
Excellent writing from Rebecca Lowe concerning the so called war on Christmas.
As she reminds us, much of the alleged attack on Christmas is based on our nostalgia with those things that belong on the edge of Christmas, however charming they may be. Rebecca supports an emphasis on the real message of Christmas. As she ends her article;
But the message of "Peace on Earth and goodwill to all men", I think I'll hold onto that, if you don't mind, and I'll keep the pretty bits - the angels, the stars, the baby and the twinkling candles.
And best of all, just for a moment, I think I'd like to hold onto the notion of a God who can choose the very small - the weak, the homeless and the rejected - over those who try to create their own gods of wealth and influence, politics and power.
I'll light a candle, and say a prayer for peace and understanding between different nations and religions. I'll spend time with those I love, and I'll make New Year's resolutions (which I'll almost certainly break, because I'm only human) to be kinder, and less intolerant and more forgiving. Because that, after all, is what Christmas is all about, isn't it?
Amen to that! But my advice is to use the link and read the whole article - even if it's the only thing you read today.