(The American) -- Editor’s note: this article first appeared in THE AMERICAN in 2011.
Funny thing about Christmas… how it just is… how it just persists.
Some people try to ignore it. Some people try to change it, or rename it, or pretend it’s something else. But in the end it’s still Christmas, the celebration of the birth of Christ.
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We are told that there are approximately 2 billion Christians all over the world. Many hundreds of millions of them are celebrating Christmas with great joy, hope, and devotion—most of them openly, but some in secret and in fear for their lives.
They are joined by hundreds of millions more people – nominal Christians and non-Christians—who enjoy the parties, candies, family traditions, special foods, gifts, music, decorations, days-off—all the emoluments, meeds, and premiums, all the glow, if you will, of the Christmas season. They bask in the pleasures of the holiday but remain indifferent to or uninterested in the fact that God is at the center of the thing.