Appropriateness of Christmas

by Aaron

I was asked recently by a person about the appropriateness of Christmas. I thought some of you might have the same question and want my take on it (keep in mind this was an answer to a question and some things may make you go, huh?)

Christians today get very fundamental on certain things and not on others, it is like we pick and choose. There is a huge debate about should we or shouldn't we celebrate Christmas and Easter as part of this. Honestly, I think the debate comes up because too many people have nothing better to do. Christmas (Christ's Mass) was originally (in the most simple terms) a way to give many of the people embracing Christianity something that felt familiar. They had to leave their pagan festivals so the church decided to celebrate the birth of Christ in a way that helped many worship God in a way that connected better with them.

Trees, ornaments, presents, snow men...all these become later things tacked on but originally it was simply a way to help people connect with Christ BETTER. It was not an attempt to paganize Christianity (as many opponents today would say), it was a way to get the message to better connect and resonate with those they were trying to reach.

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What is of Value

by Aaron

As you read this you are probably secretly amazed that after I have not written a blog in months, you now get two in a couple weeks time. Well, ‘tis the season.

I was looking at all the trappings of Christmas, the garland, the trees, the balls, the music boxes, the wreaths, and the reindeer and then wondered how all these joyful things really make people irritated when they have to buy them. Shouldn’t we all really buy our decorations on the 26th of December and save them ‘til next year? Wouldn’t we all be happier to have paid less and exercised our patience? Not Really.

My wife was shopping last year in a store and there was the last of an item lying discarded on the floor. It was in a torn, ugly box that seemed like a lifeless throw away that no one seemed to want. She decided to buy it (because she knows I have a soft spot for lifeless throw aways) and as soon as she did, someone was mad at her for taking the last one.

Keep in mind that my wife didn’t run through the store, knock people over, face plant the obnoxious lady in her skorts1 and 80’s floral print shirt...she simply and calmly picked up what no one else wanted. As soon she found value in the thing, other people found value in it as well.

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