It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.

Author Unknown

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Chapter 12, Page 11, Book 08

Finding God in All Times

Christ is the reason for the season,

the sign in front of the church proclaimed. It's a message that we hear quite often in religious circles... and amongst parents who never want to see a mall again. Many Christians bemoan the commercialization of Christmas -- but is it really all that bad?

People remember Christmas because of Santa Claus, and Easter because of that bunny who clucks like a chicken and lays chocolate eggs.
Okay, maybe that's a bit oversimplified, but the bottom line is that the secular holiday bolsters the awareness of the religious feast day. Whether we want to admit it or not, it is the very commercialism we devout Christians scorn that ensures the message of Jesus' birth is remembered by all.

Christian parents feel obligated to make sure their children understand the true meaning of Christmas. Non-practicing Christians or agnostics often feel the need to temper the accesses of commercialism by telling their children the story of Jesus' birth. Even people of other faiths who do not celebrate Christmas will most likely be called upon to explain the "history" of the holiday to their children.

Thanks to the gross over-commercialization of Christmas, it's almost impossible for anyone to hide from it!

Unfortunately, it's not a perfect world. And maybe -- just maybe -- the true meaning of Christmas is preached more loudly because of the secular media hype. Maybe it forces us to stand up and shout the message so that it can be heard above the marketing din. And maybe we're reaching a balance without even knowing it.
Anything's possible, you know -- because Jesus is the reason for the season!
From an article on line at Catholic Commons


It is another cold crisp day in Northern Ohio. I hope you all, where ever you live, are keeping the SUNSHINE in your hearts today no matter the weather. For the first part of my week I was in a grumpy mood. I’ve been really busy at work and also trying to get some Christmas preparations done. Seems the days are not long enough. I know there is not enough daylight hours any way. Once the sun goes down so does my energy level.

Hopefully today things will be a little better all around. I saw the sun peeping over a cloud in the weather forecast so maybe it will actually come out today.


Twas the month before Christmas
When all through our land,
Not a Christian was praying
Nor taking a stand.
See the PC Police had taken away,
The reason for Christmas ...
No one could say.
The children were told by their schools
not to sing,
About Shepherds and Wise Men and Angels and things.
It might hurt people's feelings,
the teachers would say
December 25th is just a "Holiday."
Yet the shoppers were ready with cash,
checks and credit,
Pushing folks down to the floor just to get it!
CDs from Madonna, an X-BOX, an I-pod
Something was changing, something quite odd!
As Targets were hanging their trees upside down
At Lowe's the word Christmas was nowhere to be found.
At K-Mart and Staples and Penny's and Sears
You won't hear the word Christmas;
it won't touch your ears.
At the top of the Senate, there arose such a clatter
To eliminate Jesus, in all public matter.
And we spoke not a word,
as they took away our faith
Forbidden to speak of salvation and grace.
The true Gift of Christmas was exchanged and discarded
The reason for the season,
stopped before it started.
So as you celebrate "Winter Break"
under your "Dream Tree"
Sipping your Starbucks, listen to me.
Choose your words carefully,
choose what you say ...
not Happy Holiday!
author unknown

‘On Ya’-ma


Hollie said...

Merry Christmas!!! No sunshine here today either....still raining. We need the rain, but not all at one time....LOL Have a great day!


Joan said...

Wow every word you said today is true and the unknown poem could not have done it better myself.I think it is scandalous what is happening to Christmas I don't think it is quite so bad this side of the pond but it is happening here too and it disgusts me. Love Joan

Anonymous said...

No sunshine here in Lexington today..overcast..temp is dropping fast..can tell cause the house is getting cold..gonna have to wait until hubby's back is turned to up the thermo LOLOL...and the poem hit it all right smack on the nose!!...I remember in school Christmas being such a happy and exciting time...the songs..the planning of programs...learning verses...but not today...just another day in school it seems!! oh well...and about daylight hours..short...and like you...when dark comes...I sink into my chair LOLOL...sure makes for long nights tho...but good for catching up on reading LOL...Merry Christmas..hugs and God Bless...Ora in KY

Kathy said...

It's foggy and cold here in Oregon. The sun is supposed to shine a bit this afternoon and then a winter storm is moving in tomorrow and snow is predicted for the weekend. We seldom get snow here and when we do it only lasts a day or two. Have a good day.

Sandra said...

we are having sunshine here today finally... but I need to wear sunglasses if I look out because with the snow it hurts my eyes being so bright... haha we just can't win can we? :)

Alice said...

The snow has come and gone here and the sun was out. Hope you've had a great day :).......

betty said...

beautiful sunny day here ;) but you are right, some days there is never enough time to get it all done

interesting commentary at the top of your entry today; there's got to be a balance between commercialism and remembering the reason for the season; so many forgot the babe in the manager as they bustle through this time lookibg for just the right gift when the right gift is right there in front of them if they look at the right place; and its sad how many want to shove Jesus out of the very holiday we are celebrating of his birth in the name of political correctness


Jan said...

Here here ,MERRY CHRISTMAS Jan xx

Carlene Noggle said...

We are water logged here in Ga. We have had rain for almost a week now.
love ya,