There is much more to Christmas
published: Sunday | December 11, 2005
The Editor, Sir:
Christmas Day gets lost in the days and weeks surrounding it. In fact, many Christmas cards and signs simply state 'Season's Greetings' with no mention of Christmas. Now it's a 'holiday tree' rather than a 'Christmas tree'. They even call it 'XMAS' to cross Jesus out of Christmas. In other words, to take Christ out of Christmas. In some cities, all you ever see are signs of 'Xmas Holidays', 'Xmas Sale', 'Xmas Shopping', 'Xmas, Xmas, Xmas'. They wouldn't think of putting up 'Christmas', that's the name of Jesus Christ!
And, of course, they've got a new god called Santa Claus, who is really the big department store! One of the horrible horrors of it is that when they teach their children about Santa Claus, and then they start teaching them about Jesus, the truth and the real story and meaning of Christmas, the poor kids think, "Oh, this is just another stupid idiotic fairytale like the one you told me about Santa Claus!"
There's so much more to Christmas than trees, decorations, Santa Claus, presents and all the make-believe and materialism associated with it today. Christmas is celebrating the day that God sent his love into the world, in the form of a tiny, weak and helpless baby, almost 2,000 years ago! He was born to a simple, humble, young woman who miraculously conceived, having never slept with any man. In fact, the news of her pregnancy was so shocking that when the man she was going to marry learned about it, he promptly decided to break the engagement and call off the wedding, until a powerful, heavenly being intervened and convinced him to stay with her and rear and protect this very special child she was carrying. Merry Christmas!
I am, etc.,
TED RUDOW III,MA
PO Box 1222
Menlo Park, C.A.