I realize I am living in the "now"; still, I long for "then". "Then" was a good time in many ways because right after Thanksgiving came the Christmas Season. It was a good time, a time to be thankful, to put aside the daily grind, and make special time to give thanks for our lives, for the people in our lives, for our way of life.
Yes, for many that thankfulness was offered to the God who blessed America and everyone in it. Then began the time we continued thanking God for bringing his son, Jesus, and we continued the spirit of thanksgiving and love as we picked up the spirit of giving.
Yes, for kids, it was getting, too, as the Santa Claus concept came. Still, the emphasis was more on the giving, as the children made Christmas gifts for parents, and also made, or bought gifts for their teachers.
Christmas was a time to put aside any of the rancor, the resentment, all the negative stuff of the past. It was a time for joy, for happiness, smiles. And it didn't matter so much the expense of the gift, it was a way to express our friendship and love for others. Some didn't really buy gifts; they were homemade.
It was a time of expectation, of excitement for the advent of the day we celebrated the birth of a tiny baby in Bethlehem many centuries ago. It was a time for beautiful Christmas carols, about Christmas trees, about the new-born king.
Gradually, this whole season was attacked as offensive to the minority who had the right to choose not to believe in the story of the Pilgrims landing at Plymouth Rock, and the story of the Star in the East, the birth of Chris. They became "offended" by the majority celebration of this cultural and historical event. And, of course, groups like the ACLU persist in its annual attacks.
As history has shown, the squeaky wheel gets the grease, and the majority rule of America gradually has been challenged and is effectively being removed from our schools, from our society, from our culture.
After seeing America through the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, World War I, World War II, and Korea, God has been extricated from our lives, we have become a powerful nation that once was - and proudly claimed to be - a united states of Godly people.
Naturally, no label for any group applies equally to each and every assumed member of that group. The majority of the first Americans left their homeland to escape the restrictions in their lives, and longed-for religious freedom. There was a smattering of non-believers, and believers whose interpretations were a bit different from others. Most, however, would be classified as Christian.
After the wars, various groups began competing for the minds of the people, and there arose a steady picking away at the base of our miracle culture. A little here, a little there. "Nothing to worry about". But as those tiny chips continue falling, our culture begins to lose its appeal, and more of the rock crumbles.
When I was little, the "F" word was seldom - if ever - heard or uttered. What a completely useless word! Yet, it is now, by many, considered simply a normal, natural way of speaking - not. Even very young children use it.
When I was a kid, my family was certainly not what you would call "religious". But I did know about the Star of Bethlehem, Jesus, King Herod, The Three Wise Men, and the stable. And in school we were allowed to sing, "Oh come, all ye faithful," "Silent Night", and all the traditional carols. The concept of Jesus being the reason was kept alive in the stores, and signs of the spirit of Christmas were seen everywhere.
Who knew that all this was so "offensive" to people? Oh, there was Scrooge, of course, but even he had a life experience which made him a happy man, a loving and compassionate man.
Now, Christmas has been made into a time of greed, a time merely of giving, yes; but with a focus on getting and spending. Madhouse buying, lusting after "things", stores pushing the money deals. Santa Claus and what he means has become a bigger icon than the Babe in a Manger.
What an opportune time for America! In the time we have left, let's start re-building America by making sure the next generation of kids knows the real reason for the season, let's re-introduce our children to the concept of faith in Jesus, and relegate Santa Claus to his secondary place in society.
Pick a church; find a home; re-build your children's future. The best give you could give them. Not a bad gift for you, too.
We truly must cherish the culture that was ours in the colonies. We have been told to honor the culture of those coming to our country; but let's not do it at the expense of maintaining ours.
Merry Christmas. And I'll keep saying it, no matter what.
Posted: Friday, November 30, 2012
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I am soooo tired of seeing ads in our newspaper that use an 'X' for Christ! X-mas items, X-mas craft fairs, X-mas trees. What happened to CHRIST????? So disrespectful to our Saviour. God bless America!! Amen!!
Posted: Wednesday, November 28, 2012
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Blessed are the Cheesemakers