With the “holiday” season coming, I would like to get something off my chest. Despite my great desires to inspire joy in people’s hearts with my Christmas lights or making goodies for a thanksgiving dinner—there are days I absolutely hate the holidays. Here are some of my soapbox issues.
1) Thanksgiving as an historical event just seems ridiculous. Knowing that the American settlers discriminated the American Indians and took away their land on several occasions throughout history doesn’t make the whole sitting at the table & eating corn together plausible. Even if it did happen—we owe more apologies to the Native Americans than thanks. In addition—God is the one we should be thanking and that should be an every minute of every day thing. Not just one day.
2) Christmas has turned into a consumer nightmare. The shopping season now starts 6 weeks in advance, so you’re hearing Christmas music before the turkey dressings are even out on the shelves and the goodies (much like Halloween) are growing every year. I love the idea of trees and decorating to bring joy . I just found out this year that Hanukkah, being the festival of lights, is to be a light to the world when God miraculously gave light for 8 days in the temple when there was no oil. This is DEFINITELY something more to be excited about (hence why my husband got me a menorah and I am considering buying an electronic one to add to my display.
3) The whole “Christ in Christmas” I have a problem with as well. First—historians and researchers know that Jesus was not born in December. But historically speaking I understand why it is important to remember the good news that came to earth. Second—Christ did things, not buy things and not spend 1 night out of the whole year to remember a distance God is good to me while I’m holding several gifts compared to those starving around the world. This year I have noticed a greater effort from my friends with kids trying to stop giving stuff and encouraging relationship giving (i.e. outings, a day off for the parents to play with the kids, etc.) I think in the Christian sense building relationships with everyone (your family, friends and the entire community around you, including those struggling or poor or whatever) is a better way to spend Christmas.