Life On and Off an Acreage

In-sights into moving from an Acreage back to Town, plus a few things I find of interest.

Two things that horses are scared about:

1. Things that move
2. Things that don't move

December 8, 2011

What on Earth are We Doing?

Now, this may rankle a few folks, but I don't intend to apologize.

Since October I have been listening to adds on the radio, on TV and on billboards to buy this, that and the other thing for Christmas. All are glittery, expensive and "must haves" if you are considered to be "in". I don't have a problem with people giving and getting gifts, however, there is a limit on how "in" I need to be.

What does irk me though is the constant reference to Santa Clause. We have made him an icon. Sure he was a great man back in Kris Kringle days, but now we appear to be worshiping him. This started to bother me a couple of years ago when we attended a Public School's version of a Christmas pageant. The only thing Christmas- y about it was the banner over the stage that said "Merry Christmas". There was no mention of Jesus, no mention of the true Christmas story and no appropriate music.

For the next 3 weeks we get to look at all the cute TV shows such as Elf,  Rudolph etc. that are put on in the guise of Christmas entertainment. They have nothing to do with the Lord's coming!

It appears to me now, that unless we as parents, grandparents, etc take the time to tell of the miraculous birth of Jesus Christ, the wise men and all the way up to the Apostles, this generation is going to believe that Santa Clause is God, at least for several months a year.

Now this is getting into dangerous territory as God does not like the worship of idols, and has in history decimated cities and nations for this practice, and has issued strong warnings in His Holy Word about worshiping false gods.

Having said this, we are planning on a simple gift to each other, attending a Christmas Eve service at our local church, and celebrating His birth on Christmas Day.

Hopefully, I do not come across as a Grinch, but only as a guy that has had enough of the shameless commercialism  of a Christian holiday. I will likely have a similar rant when it becomes time to "worship" the Easter Bunny.


Alica said...

Well said Ian!

Flora said...

Well you have spoken the TRUTH!...

Texan said...

Nothing wrong with your rant. Christmas is way out of focus. Has been for years.

Heck companies are even ridiculing Santa on commercials, showing people being mean spirited toward him in a snotty in your face way, because they bought the "good stuff" and he doesn't bring the "good stuff", so see he isn't safe either lol...What the heck does that teach our kids...How that fits into Christmas spirit you tell me?

Its no wonder depression is at its highest during the holidays. The faith, sharing of love and spirit has just been done away with.
I am not a Grinch either lol, just calling it like I see it also.

Clint said...

Right on. We have even stopped using the word "Christmas"---we are now substituting "holidays". We don't want to offend anyone. We are an arrogant, world-worshipping society. Hell no, God doesn't like it.

Li said...

Our family decided long ago to skip presents for holidays and birthdays, and instead, to make a lunch date with the honored person. The gift of time, good food and conversation is far more meaningful than the newest gadget or sweater.

Crystal Mary said...

I agree Ian, its just too much. We have a simple Christmas Day in Australia. We are now into summer yet get summer cyclones. Last Christmas we had torrential rain and floods. We don"t give or get expensive presents. On buying stamps at the postoffice the woman serving commented they were 'religious?' as if there it was strange..I looked at her and said, "well thats what its all about isn't it?"
It can't believe what its becoming...but for us, we rejoice in God caring enough to come to earth and be one of us.

Ruth Trowbridge said...

Awesome post - you can surely saying the words needed to be said - peace