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Thursday, December 27, 2012

Why Steal Christmas?

  An increasing number of grinches are trying to steal Christmas. This post is to open the discussion of explanations of why people would want to rain on others’ parades.

 Example--on his TV program Huckabee opined
that maybe these spoilsports worry “What if Christians are right? Then where does that leave me?”

Another, but more serious explanation for the hostility toward Christmas is the one given from the beginning–that there really is an anti-Christ spirit -- still being channeled today.

 Then there is the “let’s give them the benefit of the doubt approach.” What if they have a legitimate position of wanting Christianity “out of my face!” After all, in the beginning it was all about a supernatural God sending his supernatural son to train and equip us with supernatural weapons against a supernatural enemy. So what’s this knockoff of the original–obsessed over morality and guilting people to be charitable? Scolds. Sharia lights. If this is what the grinches want out of their face and behind church walls, could they be on to something?


guy faulkes said...

I do not know if I am a Grinch or not (although I would love to have a Grinch hat). I am not a fan of organized religion. I have been exposed to a lot of denominations within the Christan community and found things I liked and did not like in all of them. This got me interested in other religions. I have read parts of the Koran although not all of it. I have studied Zen for a long time. There is some good and some bad in any of them. The interesting thing is that the good in any of them seems to reinforce the good in all of them.

As far as Christmas goes, I detest it in its current state. It has been stolen, not by other religions or even by non believers, but by commercialism. Christmas is, to me, a time to contemplate the good in people. It is a time to think of others, even to the point of sacrificing yourself for them. After all, that is the greatest gift you can give.

Christmas does not mean going out and spending a fortune on expensive things for others that they probably do not want any way. It is for letting them know how much they mean to you. It is for reminding yourself to help those that need it, even though the help occasionally is a kick in the butt reality check. It is to make a kid happy and you damn sure do not have to spend much money to do that. You just have to care about the kid.

There is no guilt involved in my version of Christmas. My version makes you feel petty good. It does not require a church.

The Wolf is a prime example of how to celebrate Christmas. I am not saying he does not splurge on his family at Christmas, but his greatest gift is the care he gives them.

I try to do the same.

So if disliking the buy someone's affection with gifts fiasco that Christmas has turned into makes one a Grinch, then color me green.

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. It is what Christmas should be.

Do you wish to wager that this draws some kind of snide Hallmark Card comment? The only thing I can say is they sell a lot of those cards for a reason. Maybe it is because a goodly number of people agree with me.

Johnny Rico said...

The Bible says the church will eventually fall. This is what we are seeing today with liberals attacking Christianity. Just the march towards the endtimes taking place as prophecy predicted.

Sarkazein said...

Liberals just don't like "in your face" good. Everything else is OK-- porn, adultery, laziness they can take it or leave it. Good, no way. It could be supernatural.

Sarkazein said...

This is why liberals hated Romney. It certainly wasn't because he was too conservative, he wasn't. It was because he is clean-cut, heterosexual, monogamous, successful, a minister, good kids... all the things that make liberals want to puke. Christmas represents good. too.

Blogger said...

Thanks Guy. I can always count on you to make a thoughtful response to my posts that I put a lot of thought into.

guy faulkes said...

Blogger, it is not as much a matter of my putting a lot of thought into answering your posts as it is that you lead a person into some very interesting and sometimes personal topics.

It helps that on many topics we agree. After all, the true test of genius is how well do you agree with me. :-)

Blogger said...

Guy,I agree.