Dec: Christmas Everyday?

Is there a holiday more sentimental than that of Christmas?  Whether people put their faith in Christ or not, the season of Christmas seems to transform our culture – for at least a week or so.  At least on the surface, for a few days people are generally kind, joyous and willing to go out of their way (except when it comes to parking at the malls).

Well, what if the same spirit of charity was a constant feature of our society?  We’re not simply talking about moralism and good behaviour, but something that was deeply embedded and a part of all of us.  Now that would be something to behold.

As we’ve mentioned previously, the origin of Christmas is completely pagan in origin.  In fact, it was not even recognized as a national holiday in the USA until the late 1800s.   It was rejected wholeheartedly by the Puritans because of its reputation as a pagan festival masquerading as a Christian one.

When did it take off as a holiday?  When Santa Claus (Saint Nick) was chosen as a marketing juggernaut for retailers who, in the 1920s, saw the potential to make Christmas their premier season for shopping.  Surprisingly, in less than a century the church has gone from decrying the holiday and the over-consumption it represented to demanding that it be done in Christ’s name.

As one observer has pointed out, “To ensure economic survival consumers are stirred into a buying frenzy every winter with the goal of making this year’s shopping season more prosperous than the previous. Santa Claus has been the mascot of this manipulation since the early 20th Century, but if more Consumer Christians have their way the season of shopping would be inaugurated by the appearance of Jesus Christ at the end of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade instead.”