Being December as it is, the gorging on overstocked food and shameless commericalism of the Christmas season has begun in earnest. Same as with every year.
I agree heartily with Pope Benedict XVI’s frustration with what Christmas has become. The Pope suggested putting Nativity scenes in every home as a remedy to the commercial pollution. But in these days of politically correct “Winterval,” how realistic is that? This suggestion is likely to be thoroughly ignored.
Every Christmas time would appear, in the mostly secular West, to be a great opportunity to party hardy, drink too much, eat to excess and expect the world to be delivered under the “holiday tree” (formerly known, scandalously, as the Christmas tree).
This is the reason why, for many years now, Christmas has put a sour taste in my mouth. I am not a bah-humbug with regard to the Christian holiday; I simply part ways with the joke that it has become.
What I don’t want – I assure you – is some heavy-handed theocratic Christmas. But what I would like to see is a toning down of the excesses that this time of the season produces. I’m tired of hearing how much weight people fear they’ll gain over Christmas. Simple – don’t be a glutton. I’m sick of listening to people whine about the fears they have that their family and friends may not like their gifts. It’s the thought that counts, and their nearest-and-dearest should have been taught to realize that.
Christmas is supposed to be about goodwill, family get-togethers and going the extra mile for just a few weeks out of every year. Even if you don’t believe in Jesus, you can take on some of His spirit for a season that is supposed to be held in the honor of His birth.
Instead, Christmas is always the most stressful season of the year. People seem to be nastier than ever in their mad rush to please inflated expectations: I must throw the best party, and I must buy the best presents! So much for goodwill. The holiday spirit is more about keeping up with the Jones’ and shoving people out of the way for the latest must-have product.
Can’t we all calm down? Can we not teach children about a simpler Christmas message – one of hope and thankfulness, one from which we adults could learn plenty as well?
It seems to me, Christian or not, this is not a lot to ask. I do not dislike Christmas for what it is supposed to be; I loathe what it has become. Pope Benedict XVI is right. Time to clean up our polluted holiday.Powered by Sidelines