To call the current state of Christmas affairs a “War on Christmas” is a misnomer—it is more like the triad of abuse, neglect and exploitation—victimization, with Christ being the victim (again), commercialism being the perpetrator, and the authentic Christians being the rescuer. (Hence, triad number two.) There is no “war on Christmas;” just human ignorance that Jesus came to alleviate, and has done so only marginally—in some factions where pockets of spirituality exist or even flourish.
Yes, it’s often “Happy Holidays” we hear these days instead of “Merry Christmas.” But in a crazy work-world such as exists in capitalistic America, where it’s seen as vital to the economy to work 40-60 hours weekly with a few holidays and one or two week’s vacation per year for peons like me, Christmas is bound to be abused, neglected and exploited—overall, victimized.
And the nation’s manufacturers, distributors and retailers depend on people handing-over their hard-earned greenbacks during the Christmas/Holiday season to remain viable. One measure of America’s economic wellness—a major determinant of it—is the degree to which Americans purchase commodities during the Holiday Season, i.e. Christmas. It’s like the Greeting Card industry—there’s a $3.00 greeting card for every holiday—do you think that’s created out of benevolence or in the spirit of celebration? No! It’s a money-maker to suck people into proliferating the economic wellness of greeting card business and the economy in general.
No, there is no war on Christmas. Americans work their fingers to the bone in a deficient economy that is driven by the almighty dollar. So when the Holiday Season comes around, they splurge on themselves and others close to them. Why not? Capitalism dictates it—no, mandates it, if we’re going to keep this country running. I’m guilty too. I spent well over $100.00 on gifts for my “inner circle” and $250.00 on my wife and me, all in the name of Christmas. You see, I believe I deserve a Christmas present from and for myself, too, and seeing as we didn’t have a TV, we figured it was high time we get one.
But I think that authentic Christians will keep Christmas alive and well…they’re good rescuers anyway, whether they take the Bible literally word for word, letter by letter, or they use it as a reference tool and resource book for living a spiritual life.
There are those too who will max-out their credit cards in the name of love and Christ and spend the rest of the year paying them off. For them, it’s just a perverse form of Holiday Spirit. Others will venerate the birth of Jesus Christ. For others it’s another working day; some get the day off and some will spend Christmas in a homeless shelter, many will continue to draw unemployment.
But there is no “War on Christmas.” Just a truce that everyone’s agreed to that the economy depends on and keeps everyone content…or trapped.