AT HOME IN HEATH: WISHING THE BEST FOR YOU AND YOURS
It’s the holiday season and today is my holiday – Christmas, the day Christians celebrate the birth of our Savior, but things have changed.
My Politically Correct Disclosure
You’ll notice I didn’t say it was the day Christ was born, because I’m well aware of the facts. The holiday of Christmas was created by the Catholic Church (a long time ago) to provide Christians something to do while the rest of Europe was out celebrating the winter solstice or Yuletide. (I’ve also read carefully researched evidence for the possibility that Jesus could have been born on or around that date, but it doesn’t really matter to me. I accept it as the traditional date of the celebration of the birth, regardless of the actual date of birth.)
I’m also well aware the holiday season is still celebrated by some as the winter solstice, while pretty much every person group on the face of the earth also has some sort of celebration at this time of year. I’m not discounting the importance or value of anyone else’s mid-winter celebration, I’m just enjoying mine.
My Personal Disclosure
To be honest with you, I’m not enjoying the holiday as much as I once did. A huge part of my dissatisfaction arises from all this political correctness. It sort of takes the fun out of pretty much everything.
Another thing I don’t like is the commercialization. I hate running into Christmas displays in July. I hate Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday. I really hate it that somehow a day set aside to honor Christ has turned into a month-long retail extravaganza that devolves into a month of clearance sales.
The worst part of it all is that my mom is not here to celebrate with, but that was last week’s blog.
This year it’s been particularly tough to get in the mood, but I’m celebrating anyway. I hope you’ll join me, whatever holiday this is to you.