'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;
the stockings were hung by the chimney with care
in hopes that St Nicholas soon would be there...
I joked with my 18 year old son that we would cancel Christmas this year. His mother and I need a rest and just couldn't be bothered with all the fuss. In my best straight face I told him we celebrate it every year and I just want a break. We'll do it again next year I promise.
His response to me was "good, great...I agree! Why are we celebrating and supporting a heathen ritual anyway - the biggest commercial and marketing con ever perpetrated on a gullible materialistic world?". He quickly added "Jesus wasn't born in December, Santa is a pagan invention along with the tree and the whole industry of Christmas"...and on and on he went.
His mother and I argued that while much, if not all of what he said is true, we reminded him of what Christmas meant to him as a kid. What it meant to all of us as a kid. That's the magic of Christmas. As an adult, for me it has a very different meaning - a spiritual one.
It's true that Santa is an incarnation of a 3rd century Greek monk called St Nicholas who was known for his piety and kindness, and who gave away his inherited wealth and travelled the countryside helping the sick and poor. Very Christ-like. I personally have no problem with Santa and the gift giving. What I do have an issue with is the message and true meaning has been lost to Wall Street and Madison Avenue.
And of course not everyone celebrates Christmas. Apart from other faiths there are some Christians who don't commemorate what is probably the second most revered and recognised event on the Christian calendar after Easter.
I was just wondering if my son's views are shared by many or few or is Christmas for you still a time of love and goodwill and of giving and the message of Christ?
PS: His heartfelt convictions it seems have limitations. He still wants the iphone, the lion head gold ring and alligator boots and various computer games he's been hinting at for the last three months.
It appears my son is a man of principle...but he can be bought!
PPS: For all my son's protestations, the only movie he's cried through in his short 18 years on this planet was when he watched THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST. So no, we won't be cancelling Christmas this year.
MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU ALL!!!