“It wouldn’t be Christmas without snow.”
You heard it here first, Australia and any other place south of the Equator. You can’t celebrate Christmas. You are snow-less and Christmas-less. Buh bye.
“Christmas is a time to be with family and loved ones.”
I regret to inform all those children living in orphanages that you can’t possibly have a great holiday season because you are lacking a family. Also, all those military personnel overseas, prisoners in jail, or elderly folks in nursing homes who are away from your loved ones, sucks to be you.
“Christmas won’t be Christmas without any presents.”
Those living in poverty, why are you even trying to have a Merry Christmas? Just throw in the towel now.
“Christmas is a time of peace and caring.”
There will be absolutely no fighting between families this Christmas. As for you in combat zones, better stop the violence ASAP.
“Christmas isn’t a day. It’s a FEELING.”
So can I celebrate Christmas on any old day I feel like? Because I’m really not feeling it right now. Maybe I can wait until June when the weather is nice…
“Christmas is a time to be generous and giving.”
That’s right, and if you aren’t giving, even if it’s for perfectly good financial reasons, you’re a Scrooge.
“Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.”
For ALL PEOPLE, huh? For those who are rich, poor, big families, no families, young, old, happy, sad? Now that’s a message I can get behind.
2 thoughts on “Pedants and Platitudes: Christmas Edition”
And I can get behind this blog post. Having gone through that “I don’t feel like celebrating Christmas” emotion more than once in my years on Earth, it is truly liberating to realize the truth of the season. Christ humbling Himself to becoming a man the way we all do, in the form of a little baby, and growing into manhood knowing the hardships, emotional highs and lows we all do. And then dying for my transgressions against the Father so that I can share in the joy of salvation. In these truths I hold fast because my “feelings”, too, have been tainted by my personal sin as well as the sin in the world. It certainly takes the guilt away from not living up to the world’s ideas of “Christmas spirit” when you realize why there is a celebration of Christmas to begin with.