I saw jets of light shining from cities and villages, and from the high places and the low places of the earth. God's word was obeyed, and as a result there were memorials for Him in every city and village. His truth was proclaimed throughout the world. --Testimonies, vol. 9, pp. 28, 29. {ChS 112.2}

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Christmas-- Celebrating Disorder in the Universe?



Today my husband was taking the dog for a walk when our neighbor approached him an asked awkwardly, "I forget, do you celebrate Christmas?" Ed assured him that yes, indeed, we did. At that point, the neighbour visibly breathed a sigh of relief and wished him a hearty "Merry Christmas".


Interesting that this should happen today since I have, just this year, begun to question the excesses of this holi-day-- how did overeating and encouraging others to overeat really connect with the birth of Jesus? What did some of the older Christmas songs mean? (such as "Let Us Go A Wassailing...") I knew of some of the information around the origins of Santa Claus, but why a team of reindeer? Etc.


Above are two videos I have come across that give interesting perspectives around the origins of Christmas as we celebrate it today. If you are a Christian, it is rather alarming (these are not necessarily films made for Christians)to see the links to pagan rituals. And... tell me what you think about the endings of these videos... what do you think?  Fascinating (in a dangerous way) how manmade tradition can influence Christians to influence their children to keep the ancient ways...

3 comments:

  1. Anonymous11:23 PM

    very interesting history going back thousands of years. Christmas has become such a confusing mixture of paganism, goodness and religion.

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  2. Christmas--a chance to feel good at an emotionally precarious time of year.

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  3. @Anon, you're right about it being a confusing time of the year for everyone... especially little kids, I would think. I like knowing what is really behind all the hype. It's my belief that when there is something that demonstrates God's love there will be a "counterfeit" that attempts to discount God's amazing grace (eg.,Santa Claus with his silly judgement on "naughty and nice" and the massive consumerism that has grown up around Christmas)... the Father of Deception (Confusion) really relishes all the chaos and distraction.
    @Ed-- yes, again I agree... it is an emotionally precarious time of the year. But buying into temporary "feel good" stuff rarely results in any long-term peace and joy (or that is my perspective). Thanks for the comments!

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