What’s in a name? My response.

I first want to thank Todd and Quinn for sharing their thoughts on the “issue”. The problem here is that my response will differ in no way from the two of theirs. To take offense at the phrase “Happy Holidays” is truly uncalled for and I believe not the response Christ himself would have. Honestly, I observe the holiday season unfold and wonder where Christ fits into this at all. In the Christmas Tree? The gifts? The endless amounts of money being spent? Much of what we associate with this time of year is so far removed from Christ that a phrase not containing “Christ” should be the least of our worries.
If there was ever a reason that Christ seems removed from this time of year it would be because those demonstrating or called to demonstrate Christ have failed. I am guilty of this beyond belief. This season I believe if we truly desire to see Christ in this season then we need to be the Christ we want the world to see.

Quinn: do you practice Christmas in the way you said? I have never been aware of that way or traditional practice.


2 thoughts on “What’s in a name? My response.

  1. We have progressively celebrated it more this way each year. We may decorate early or (as we did with you guys last year) have friends over to make cookies and watch a movie. Typically we put up a tree early (since, if you wait until actual Christmas day or eve in Florida you are going to get a disgusting tree that has sat in the heat for weeks). We do, though, try to remain mindful that it’s not yet Christmas. We don’t do gifts early, we don’t play Christmas music, etc. This year is different, since we will be in Jax for all of the Christmas season, we probably won’t decorate at all.
    I try to not be a grinch about it, but I think the season of Advent which precedes Christmas has a lot to teach Christians.

    My understanding of Christian eschatology is that we believe in an “already” and a “not yet” reign of God. In once sense, death has been defeated in the cross and resurrection and we can live out that defeat in our lives. We can see the kingdom of God around us. However, there is also the “not yet.” While death has been defeated ultimately by Christ, we still see pain, suffering, etc. all around us. I think it’s important for Christians to have a deep understanding of both aspects of Christian eschatology.

    Christmas is an “already” season. Jesus has come – the Word became flesh and dwelt among us. Advent is a “not yet” season. The theme might be “prepare the way of the Lord”. It’s a time for introspection and self examination -are we preparing the way for Jesus to enter our world?- before we enjoy the Christmas feast. It’s a season that anticipates Jesus’s first coming, celebrates his daily presence with us, and looks to his second coming.

    Anyway, as I said, we aren’t super strict about it (though we’ve been more so each year), but we do see the value in not rushing ahead. We also see the value in celebrating Christmas as most have Christians have celebrated it over the years. Finally, we see the value in not getting caught up in the consumerist hubbub that the holiday season has become.

    Finally, and less seriously, I see big value in not listening to Christmas carols for three months out of the year! They are nice songs and all, but two weeks is plenty for me!

  2. Thanks for sharing that. I was just talking with Charity recently about adopting a mindset of what this should represent instead of all the cultural associations. It’s ironic that as a believer I have to remind myself to celebrate and remember what this season is supposed to center around in the first place.

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