Thursday, December 6, 2012

The War On Christmas

I'm not really one for saying GO READ THIS SUPER IMPORTANT THING RIGHT NOW!  And while the article I just read may not be urgent or pressing, I still think it's worth a read.

My favorite line?

"We took Christ out of Christmas a long time ago when we turned a holy day where modest gifts were exchanged as a sort of sacramental reminder of God’s gift to humanity, and turned it, instead, into a consumeristic orgy of materialism, excess, and greed."

You can find it here.


  1. I'm not religious, but I completely agree that Christmas has been taken out of Christmas.

    I think one of the best things we ever did was turn our backs on commercial TV when Emma was born. We were never big TV watchers; we now rent and stream through Netflix or Amazon, but we don't even have cable hooked up for our TV. Sure Emma still has "wants" but I think the lack of commercials in her life keeps it down to a very reasonable level. And not just for her --I'm sure Rob and I benefit from that too.

    1. We don't watch tv, either, and it's amazing how helpful it is to just not know what kind of crap is available. If you don't know it exists, you can't desire it!

      (Actually, that's not entirely true. Derek will often have sporting events on, but at least there the only commercials the kids see are for fast food, perfume, and beer! Um, win?)

  2. We are all religious. We all worship. It is who we are and what we were created to do. Because we do not worship the real God, we make for ourselves idols. The rest is merely a natural downward spiral.

    1. We reject God.
    2. We worship stuff.
    3. We call out stuff "god."
    4. We will not sleep or rest until we get our "god."
    5. We manipulate our parents to get what we want.
    6. We hate people who don't like our stuff.
    7. We lust after stuff and seek to serve ourselves.
    8. We take the stuff we want from others
    9. We lie to manipulate others to get what we want.
    10. We hate our neighbors for having the stuff we want.

    Merry Christmas Debbie Downer!

    1. It's easy for me to say I don't worship other gods, just because I'm not really a "stuff" kind of person, but then I start thinking about how "important" my alone time, time spent reading, my family, etc, is and I realize I need to be really careful- anything can be *a* god if I'm putting it before God.


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