“Jesus is the reason for the season.” - No He’s not. Jesus was most likely not even born in the wintertime. “Christmas” began as a pagan festival and contains pagan elements still today (though they have likely lost most of their pagan significance). It has a “Christian” veneer to appease the pagans Catholics were trying to convert. The materialism and greed fostered in young children is not biblical. Lying to children about a fat man who will give them gifts if they’re good is still lying. If Christians tallied their time spent on the secular/leftover pagan traditions and time spent specifically on the Lord’s work, I think it’s safe to say the Lord’s work would lose every time. If Christians counted the money they spent on the secular/leftover pagan traditions of this season and held it up against what they spend on the Lord’s work…again, safe to say the Lord would lose. It would be more accurate to say, “For few Christians, Jesus is almost marginally the reason for the season.”
I received a pencil that I really liked. It says, “Christmas is a promise kept.” - That is probably the most true tagline for Christmas out there. Then I started thinking about it. I should know by now not to do that. I revised it in my head, “Christmas is the poorly timed and partially pagan celebration of a Promise Kept.”
“Put Christ back in Christmas” - I’m just going to have to quote someone I don’t necessarily agree with, Garner Ted Armstrong, who said, “…it is impossible to “put Christ back in Christmas,” since He was never in Christmas in the first place!”
Christians avoiding the use of “Xmas,” fearful it will take Christ out of Christmas. First of all they have to realize Christ was never the origin of this festival to begin with. Secondly, they ought to take a look around and see just how much of the actual celebration is about Him today. Thirdly, they need to learn a slight bit of Greek. The “X” in Xmas is the first letter of the Greek “Christos.” Even if someone was trying to cleverly remove the Christian element from this festival, they failed.
I have a feeling I will be adding to this list as the season progresses. I cringe when I see the tree in church. I roll my eyes when Jingle Bells is played on the Christian radio station. I shake my head in disbelief when I hear about Christians trying to reclaim the holiday they hijacked. I’m turning into such a grinch, but after learning a few years ago of the pagan origins of much of our Christmas celebration, it just hasn’t been all that attractive to me. It no longer holds those cozy, warm-fuzzy feelings it used to and I think that is mostly because those feelings were based on the false belief that Christmas was actually a Christian holiday.