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Christmas Really Isn't about Christ - Why I'm not Celebrating Christmas Even Though I'm a Christian
Kirchhoff's Law ^ | 12-14-2013 | Mary C. Kirchhoff

Posted on 12/14/2013 2:56:27 PM PST by InHisService

All right, before you get your freckles in an uproar by reading that title and making a quick, errant assumption about me, let me clarify a few things.

I’m a bible believing, spirit filled Christian. I am not an atheist sympathizer. I do not doubt my faith, nor do I have any doubts about the deity of Jesus Christ. He is my Lord and Savior, and I believe the world is lost without Him.

For years I celebrated Christmas. But last year, I decided to stop celebrating it. Something awoke in me, and I just felt turned off by the whole thing.

As a kid, I was coddled just like most children. Every Christmas my brother and I unwrapped numerous presents, and always got what we wanted.

I remember a new bike one year, and an awesome stereo another. I never gave a thought about how hard my parents had to work to pay for the stuff, and I’m sure children these days don’t, either.

And, we did go to church. If fact, we weren’t the proverbial “once a year’ers;” we went weekly. But being a kid, naturally Christmas was all about the presents.

Raising my daughter, though I was a single mom, my daughter was never deprived at Christmas. And I enjoyed giving to her. She was not a spoiled child as she didn’t get much all year long, so Christmas was the time to indulge her.

Anyway, I’ve wanted to write this article for a while. It’s been niggling at me for quite some time. But I put it off because I didn’t want to appear as a snarky Grinch during the Christmas season. My position is a very unpopular one among Christians.

I believe the Holy Spirit has gotten a hold of me, and after seeing a video discussing a particular billboard American Atheists erected this season, I was compelled to write about my position.

One of the billboards, in New York City’s Times Square, reads, “Who Needs Christ During Christmas? Nobody.” The name of Christ is crossed out.

David Muscato, Public Relations Director at American Atheists had this to say about the billboard and about Christmas:

“Most people don’t care about any religious ties to the season because church and religion are not what Americans care about during this time of year—they care about family and friends and giving presents and food and having fun.”

And right he is. Christians can pretend they are honoring Christ this time of year, but they really aren’t. People are consumed with the retail aspect of it: spending.

Muscato goes on to say, “Many so-called ‘Christmas’ traditions celebrated by Americans have nothing to do with Christianity. For example, the North Pole and Santa traditions come from Nordic and Germanic pagan traditions, and caroling, Yule logs, mistletoe, holly wreaths all pre-date Christianity.”

He is absolutely correct in that statement. In fact, every single Christmas tradition we have was started by, and stolen, from the pagans.

That’s right, everything from the tree, to mistletoe to holly to gifts were all pagan traditions. (I’ve done a lot of research into the origins of Christmas; however, this article is not going to elaborate on it as it is very lengthy. An online search of “Pagan origins of Christmas” will yield a million and a half results. An excellent article on the topic can be seen here, True Origins of Christmas: http://rcg.org/books/ttooc.html )

Said David Silverman, President of American Atheists, “We all love this time of year.

“Christianity has been trying to claim ownership of the season for hundreds of years. But the winter solstice came first and so did its traditions. The season belongs to everybody.”

Right again. How can Christian’s claim Christmas belongs to them when we stole it from non-believers? Additionally, there is nothing in the bible about celebrating Christmas. The fact that atheists celebrate what is supposed to be a Christian holy day is alarming. But celebrate it they do, minus anything Christ.

Not only that, Jesus could not have been, and was not born, on December 25th. Most biblical scholars believe he was born in the fall and the biblical account of his birth testifies to that. The date was selected because it coincided with the idolatrous pagan festival Saturnalia. So the date of Christmas was chosen as a sort of in-your-face way of saying, “We as Christians are stealing your date for ourselves! Take that.” Nice gesture on behalf of God, but it hasn’t turned out well. No wonder why.

Now, I don’t like the group American Atheists. In fact, I despise them. I can’t stand David Silverman, who regularly appears on Fox News and elsewhere to tout his anti-God beliefs. To me, they are bullying militant atheists bent on wiping out God and particularly Jesus Christ from the public square. And they have been very successful in a lot of ways.

So, I’m not agreeing with them for any other reason in this area, but they are right on.

(I have written about some of the atheist lawsuits and their attack on Christianity in an article last year on this blog, “It’s not just a War on Christmas, It’s a War on Christianity,” which can be seen here: http://www.maryckirchhoff.com/2012/12/its-not-just-war-on-christmas-its-war.html )

Christmas has become completely distorted and perverted and what is supposed to be a day to honor Jesus has become a two-month long season of out-of-control shopping and spending, overindulgence of food and drink, massive debt and spoiled children.

Christmas, without a doubt, belongs to retailers, not to Jesus. The season begins around late October, and is in full swing right before Thanksgiving, and goes on til New Years.

So let’s be honest here: during this extended period we call Christmastime or the more politically correct Holiday Season, are we talking about Jesus and his birth? Are we marveling that God sent His Son to Earth to save man from his sins? Are we on our knees praying and thanking God for his provision in our life?

More than likely, if we are a believer we are praying that God will provide the finances to overindulge our children so they can open numerous gifts on that “magical” morning.

What really gets me is many of us in this country can’t afford to purchase unnecessary and over-the-top gifts for our kids. Millions of people either get heavily into debt or skip paying necessary bills so they can impress and coddle their kids. Not giving gifts is simply unheard of.

Kids must go to school upon the return of the break and brag about what they got. And what, pray tell, does this have to do with the birth of Jesus Christ? Absolutely nothing.

The wise men gave gifts to Jesus, you say? That happened when He was a toddler, not at His birth. Saint Nick? Another misconception about giving at Christmas.

While parties and gift giving and receiving is fun, for the majority of people, financial stress is increased at this time of year. Holiday parties (oops, can’t call them Christmas parties anymore) require bringing dishes or purchasing elaborate foods. The shopping, the parties, the drinking, the get-togethers, they are all supposed to be part of the merrymaking. Again, where is Christ in this? Decidedly MIA for most people.

When’s the last time you went to a (I’ll be a rebel here) Christmas party and people were excitedly talking about God? Were they marveling about Jesus being born 2,000 years ago, talking about what a gift it was for God to send His Son?

The only gift I’ll guarantee they were speaking of was most likely their Black Friday conquest where they acquired the latest and greatest gadgetry for their kids that they couldn’t afford and will be paying off for months to come.

Is this what God wants for us at Christmas? Or are we deluding ourselves saying “Keep Christ in Christmas.”? I believe so.

The truth is, Christmas is a great lie. Satan is laughing; being the great deceiver, he has really gotten away with a whopper here. Christ never was in Christmas. The entire Christmas season has millions of Christians deceived. It has been bought lock, stock and barrel by believers. The fact that atheists celebrate it should be a giant clue that it has nothing to do with Christ.

Sure, we can sing beautiful Christmas themed hymns, set up a manger and go to church. That will satisfy the God requirement of the holiday, will it not?

Church on Christmas Eve or Day is about the only time you’ll get an hour or so of pure God. A sermon, some singing, some well-wishing among peers. A couple hours of God stuff for over two months of the so-called “Christmas Season.”

I’m not a math person, but that amounts to a microscopic amount of time dedicated to the Birth of Jesus.

Frankly, Christmas is farce, and I’m betting the whole thing makes God very angry.

Below, the link for the aforementioned Atheist Billboard Targeting Christians:

http://video.foxnews.com/v/2933104645001/atheist-billboard-targeting-christians/?playlist_id=930909812001


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I know I'm going to take a lot of flak for this. I just want to get people thinking.
1 posted on 12/14/2013 2:56:27 PM PST by InHisService
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To: InHisService
I didn’t want to appear as a snarky Grinch during the Christmas season.

Didn't work, lady. You appear as a snarky Grinch.

/johnny

2 posted on 12/14/2013 3:01:20 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: InHisService

Whoopty-do. Who cares?

Don’t celebrate. Just don’t look down your nose at the rest of us.


3 posted on 12/14/2013 3:03:03 PM PST by Do Not Make Fun Of His Ears ("There's always free cheese in a mousetrap." - Marine Col. Peter Martino)
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To: InHisService
I don't see that you should take any flak. The author though....

I have no problem with those that do or don't celebrate Christmas. I've been practicing Chrismas Carols on the piano today, but that's just me.

What is annoying is that any author would think anyone cares whether she does or doesn't.

/johnny

4 posted on 12/14/2013 3:04:30 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: InHisService

“Frankly, Christmas is farce, and I’m betting the whole thing makes God very angry.”

I’m betting that His children setting aside a special day does not make him angry. It makes YOU angry.


5 posted on 12/14/2013 3:04:36 PM PST by Do Not Make Fun Of His Ears ("There's always free cheese in a mousetrap." - Marine Col. Peter Martino)
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To: InHisService

Christmas is what you make of it. Our family focuses on Christmas Eve, putting the ceramic Christ Child into the nativity scene, hanging the last few decorations, praying together before a lovely meal, and going to church. Christmas morning, praying together before a lovely meal, open a few gifts, have a relaxing day, and let other relatives have the big dinner, to which we drop in and drop back out, leaving a few gifts, but not overdoing it.


6 posted on 12/14/2013 3:04:43 PM PST by Albion Wilde ("Remember... the first revolutionary was Satan."--Russian Orthodox Archpriest Dmitry Smirnov)
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To: InHisService

You are a late-comer to this realization.

As the early church rejected the notion of celebrating Christ’s birth, millions have for decades.......and you only touched on some of the issues. Others have dealt with this thoroughly long before you.

BTW - ancient Jews never celebrated birthdays, pagans did. Only 2 or 3 birthdays mentioned in Bible. Someone died on each one. Pharoah’s baker, Job’s kids, and John the Baptist.

We are instructed clearly rather to celebrate “His death ‘til He comes....”
But as the cross is an offense to the world and the flesh, most Christians do it too rarely........


7 posted on 12/14/2013 3:05:56 PM PST by Arlis
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To: InHisService; RichInOC; Prince of Space; JoeFromSidney; TNMountainMan; alphadog; infool7; ...

In the Bloggers & Personal forum, on a thread titled Christmas Really Isn’t about Christ - Why I’m not Celebrating Christmas Even Though I’m a Christian, InHisService wrote:

David Muscato, Public Relations Director at American Atheists had this to say about the billboard and about Christmas:

“Most people don’t care about any religious ties to the season because church and religion are not what Americans care about during this time of year—they care about family and friends and giving presents and food and having fun.”


8 posted on 12/14/2013 3:06:18 PM PST by narses (... unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you do not have life within you.)
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To: InHisService

There is nothing at the site about voltage or current...false advertising. :)


9 posted on 12/14/2013 3:06:34 PM PST by EEGator
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To: Arlis

10 posted on 12/14/2013 3:07:09 PM PST by narses (... unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you do not have life within you.)
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To: All

Ah, its that time of year again. The time when “atheist” pretend to be offended by a nativity scene and someone tries to “out christian” others who celebrate the holiday.

If you don’t like it, GOOD! just leave everyone else alone


11 posted on 12/14/2013 3:08:36 PM PST by escapefromboston (manny ortez: mvp)
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To: InHisService

This woman and the fellow over at NRO both need to re-read this:

Virginia, your little friends are wrong. They have been affected by the skepticism of a skeptical age. They do not believe except they see. They think that nothing can be which is not comprehensible by their little minds. All minds, Virginia, whether they be men’s or children’s, are little. In this great universe of ours, man is a mere insect, an ant, in his intellect as compared with the boundless world about him, as measured by the intelligence capable of grasping the whole of truth and knowledge.

Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy. Alas! how dreary would be the world if there were no Santa Claus! It would be as dreary as if there were no Virginias. There would be no childlike faith then, no poetry, no romance to make tolerable this existence. We should have no enjoyment, except in sense and sight. The eternal light with which childhood fills the world would be extinguished.

Not believe in Santa Claus! You might as well not believe in fairies. You might get your papa to hire men to watch in all the chimneys on Christmas eve to catch Santa Claus, but even if you did not see Santa Claus coming down, what would that prove? Nobody sees Santa Claus, but that is no sign that there is no Santa Claus. The most real things in the world are those that neither children nor men can see. Did you ever see fairies dancing on the lawn? Of course not, but that’s no proof that they are not there. Nobody can conceive or imagine all the wonders there are unseen and unseeable in the world.

You tear apart the baby’s rattle and see what makes the noise inside, but there is a veil covering the unseen world which not the strongest man, nor even the united strength of all the strongest men that ever lived could tear apart. Only faith, poetry, love, romance, can push aside that curtain and view and picture the supernal beauty and glory beyond. Is it all real? Ah, Virginia, in all this world there is nothing else real and abiding.

No Santa Claus! Thank God! he lives and lives forever. A thousand years from now, Virginia, nay 10 times 10,000 years from now, he will continue to make glad the heart of childhood.

By Francis P. Church, first published in The New York Sun in 1897


12 posted on 12/14/2013 3:08:36 PM PST by jocon307
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To: InHisService
I celebrated Christmas

A Christian celebrates the birth of Christ while observing Christmas.

13 posted on 12/14/2013 3:09:30 PM PST by MosesKnows (Love many, trust few, and always paddle your own canoe.)
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To: EEGator

Haha yes, indeed, in my bio I do state that my blog has nothing to do with the real Kirchhoff’s law ;-)


14 posted on 12/14/2013 3:09:41 PM PST by InHisService (Jesus is coming back. Are you ready?)
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To: InHisService

If someone were truly “in his service” they would recognize that Matthew, Luke, and John all begin with the incarnation of the 2nd person of the Trinity.

So, we celebrate Jesus’ conception, birth, and presentation before God.

Most of the celebration in our churches, if we were dealing with honest people, revolves around the scriptural stories of Shepherds, Angels, Wise Men, Parents, and Baby.


15 posted on 12/14/2013 3:11:17 PM PST by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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To: JRandomFreeper

I am the author and I have written an opinion piece. I don’t care whether you care or not whether I celebrate Christmas. The point is to get people thinking and start a conversation.


16 posted on 12/14/2013 3:11:58 PM PST by InHisService (Jesus is coming back. Are you ready?)
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To: InHisService
It certainly did that.

I will make a comment on your writing style. At least it was readable, unlike so many blogs.

/johnny

17 posted on 12/14/2013 3:13:22 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: InHisService

My freckles are in an uproar. Merry Christmas!


18 posted on 12/14/2013 3:14:11 PM PST by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: InHisService

I agree with you, but most American Christians just don’t have the single-minded devotion that you do. They want to keep their secular life the way it is and go get some God at church. You don’t win them over by declaring that their Christmas traditions are evil. Same thing with Halloween, Thanksgiving, Super Bowl Sunday, and Easter.

Most people who agree with you just quietly avoid the secular parts of Christmas and are happy that people show up on Christmas Eve for a religious celebration.


19 posted on 12/14/2013 3:14:44 PM PST by Bryanw92 (Sic semper tyrannis)
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To: InHisService

People think on their own and don’t need your help or care what you think. Most people don’t care what other people think unless those people lack conviction. I’m at peace with my God and my God doesn’t look down on me for celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ in any manner I choose. Sorry to disappoint you but I don’t really care what you think. Merry Christmas.


20 posted on 12/14/2013 3:14:49 PM PST by Conspiracy Guy (Did the ancients know they were ancients? Or did they see themselves as presents?)
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To: MosesKnows

Thanks for the clarification. ; -/


21 posted on 12/14/2013 3:15:55 PM PST by InHisService (Jesus is coming back. Are you ready?)
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To: InHisService
Yep definitely came across as a snarky Grinch. And the fact is that you are wrong on many many counts.
22 posted on 12/14/2013 3:16:29 PM PST by DannyTN
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To: InHisService

As a believer everyday is Christmas and Easter.


23 posted on 12/14/2013 3:16:34 PM PST by ThisLittleLightofMine
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To: Do Not Make Fun Of His Ears

Romans 14. Christmas haters need to go read it.


24 posted on 12/14/2013 3:17:11 PM PST by CityCenter (Resist Obamacare!)
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To: Albion Wilde
The card I made up for family and friends.

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25 posted on 12/14/2013 3:17:57 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: JRandomFreeper

That is a huge compliment coming from someone on here. Especially when they disagree with my viewpoint. Thank you.


26 posted on 12/14/2013 3:18:12 PM PST by InHisService (Jesus is coming back. Are you ready?)
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To: InHisService

The whole Christmas / Saturnalia thing is pretty much a myth....

“...‘The majority of modern scholars would be reluctant to accept any close connection between the Saturnalia and the emergence of the Christian Christmas.’

Devout Christians will be reassured to learn that the date of Christmas may derive from concepts in Judaism that link the time of the deaths of prophets being linked to their conception or birth. From this, early ecclesiastical number-crunchers extrapolated that the nine months of Mary’s pregnancy following the Annunciation on March 25th would produce a December 25th date for the birth of Christ.”

http://www.historytoday.com/matt-salusbury/did-romans-invent-christmas

But more to the point...we celebrate the 4th of July with fireworks. That doesn’t mean we stole the 4th of July from the Chinese. Of course ancient people chose to celebrate Christmas using the customs that they had always used to celebrate things, it’s just natural.


27 posted on 12/14/2013 3:18:13 PM PST by JoeDetweiler
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To: InHisService

This all seems to be like something that would be on a Twitter page. Like “I woke up, washed my hsnds,read the New York Times, fell back to sleep....”


28 posted on 12/14/2013 3:18:21 PM PST by Mark (If CON is the opposite of PRO, what is the opposite of progress?)
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To: InHisService

Hmmmm. Sad that she ties her own religious celebration to “what everyone else is doing.”


29 posted on 12/14/2013 3:19:09 PM PST by workerbee (The President of the United States is DOMESTIC ENEMY #1!)
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To: Conspiracy Guy

The title said it all, therefore you did not have to read the article. You must have cared or wanted to know what I thought if you read it. Same with everyone else on here who disagrees with me and says they don’t care what I think.


30 posted on 12/14/2013 3:20:00 PM PST by InHisService (Jesus is coming back. Are you ready?)
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To: ThisLittleLightofMine

Amen.


31 posted on 12/14/2013 3:20:11 PM PST by Conspiracy Guy (Did the ancients know they were ancients? Or did they see themselves as presents?)
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To: InHisService
That's ok...I'm an atheist and I do celebrate Christmas.

The secular parts, granted...

32 posted on 12/14/2013 3:20:55 PM PST by Kip Russell (Be wary of strong drink. It can make you shoot at tax collectors -- and miss. ---Robert A. Heinlein)
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To: Do Not Make Fun Of His Ears

I’m not looking down on those who celebrate Christmas. Just making people aware of the truth. If after knowing the truth they continue to celebrate Christmas, that’s their choice. Celebrate away.


33 posted on 12/14/2013 3:21:14 PM PST by InHisService (Jesus is coming back. Are you ready?)
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To: InHisService

The writer being a Single Mom, tells me all I want to know.


34 posted on 12/14/2013 3:21:15 PM PST by Exton1
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To: InHisService

Your assumption is your assumption.


35 posted on 12/14/2013 3:21:57 PM PST by Conspiracy Guy (Did the ancients know they were ancients? Or did they see themselves as presents?)
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To: cripplecreek

Very elegant, I like it.


36 posted on 12/14/2013 3:22:21 PM PST by jocon307
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To: InHisService

Oh full it

Oh full of it

You try so hard for vanity

Christmas is a time of remembrance, sharing, reconcilliations, celebrating Jesus birthday.

It can be a time of renewal as well.

Has it become over commercialized?

Dunno but, I celebrate The Saviors birth on some arbritrary day because it should be done so predictably and with at least some reverance.

We civivilzed peoples are too sophisticated to understand the lambing season

So what if we ripped off the Pagan’s? Did we? Maybe we swiped from the Hebrews?

Heck, their Hannukah never seems to fall on some predictable time table and interrupts some other days. Like this year it was on Thanksgiving Day.

Not really a problem for me. I’m not some religious snob.,

No, this year I figured it was a great time to combine the holidays and give thanks to a God who shouldn’t be bothered by a bunch of petty, ingrates who can only summon the barest of acknowldgement for his greatness and our gratuity only a couple days a year.

Back to Christmas....

If we weren’t arguing about Christmas on say “Christmas” and the numerous meanings it has for us or ought to, when would we otherwise consume ourselves with his awesomeness?

Easter? So I celebrate the death of The Savior, find meaning in the tri ity and it’s explanation by way of an egg and still ponder “Jesus was a Jew? Why do we eat ham on this day?”

Why of all nights is thus night any different from the others?

So we might remember, be called closer to our God and perhaps some renewal of our faith as we thank God, who sent his only begotten son, that we might not perish

If you don’t mind my bringing two verses together for the analogy.

Merry Christmas!


37 posted on 12/14/2013 3:22:35 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: InHisService

This was completely unnecessary shock value. Celebrate, don’t celebrate. Who cares about your self-absorbed opinion? That goes for both the author of this idiotic article and InHisService.


38 posted on 12/14/2013 3:23:39 PM PST by Bulldaddy
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To: Bryanw92

I know I’m very opinionated, I don’t hide that fact in my writing. People will be offended. I will be lambasted. That’s the way it goes!


39 posted on 12/14/2013 3:23:53 PM PST by InHisService (Jesus is coming back. Are you ready?)
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To: xzins

Get 20 children in a room under the age of 14 and ask them what Christmas is all about. Maybe on a good day one or even two of them will mention Jesus.


40 posted on 12/14/2013 3:25:21 PM PST by InHisService (Jesus is coming back. Are you ready?)
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To: InHisService
The way I see it it's all about sales and Black Friday or Internet Monday. The media shouts "Happy Holiday" even after Thanksgiving. Like "what" Holiday are they talking about? They're afraid to mention it's Christians celebrating the birth of Yashua, the Messiah because it might offend Muslims or Atheists or non-believers. The media goes all ga-ga over Muslim's Eid al-Adha.

I believe that if you don't like what I say or what I believe, Tough. Deal with it. But we can't upset the PC world now, can we?

41 posted on 12/14/2013 3:25:56 PM PST by SkyDancer (Live your life in such a way that the Westboro church will want to picket your funeral.)
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To: InHisService
Said David Silverman, President of American Atheists, “We all love this time of year.

Amazing isn't it? -that even the annual celebration of the birth of Christ brings joy to even atheists who deny and refuse to believe in Him.

42 posted on 12/14/2013 3:26:05 PM PST by tflabo (Truth or Tyranny)
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To: InHisService

>> I just want to get people thinking.

Because we weren’t beforehand?

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Keep Christ in Christmas, FRiends.


43 posted on 12/14/2013 3:26:17 PM PST by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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To: Exton1

What does my being a single mom have to do with this article? FYI, I was married and left an abusive man. Not that it’s any of your business.


44 posted on 12/14/2013 3:28:50 PM PST by InHisService (Jesus is coming back. Are you ready?)
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To: InHisService
Get 20 children in a room under the age of 14 and ask them what Christmas is all about. Maybe on a good day one or even two of them will mention Jesus.

That certainly doesn't reflect my son or the many children I know in my life. They all know the reason for the season and Christmas is to celebrate Jesus.

Have your surroundings made you bitter?

45 posted on 12/14/2013 3:29:12 PM PST by mplsconservative (Barack Hussein 0bama has American blood on HIS hands!)
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To: cripplecreek

Lovely!!! May every blessing be yours!


46 posted on 12/14/2013 3:29:18 PM PST by Albion Wilde ("Remember... the first revolutionary was Satan."--Russian Orthodox Archpriest Dmitry Smirnov)
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To: InHisService
Christians can pretend they are honoring Christ this time of year, but they really aren’t.

The author may have pretended, but I don't. And many Christians don't. Not because we are not aware about the history of Christmas celebration and its components (tree, gifts, etc.), but because we actually give a different meaning from the ones in original pagan traditions. Our own meaning.

If some Christians, or nonChristians want to stop celebrate it, it's up to them. They probably need to watch this again and again: True meaning of Christmas :

47 posted on 12/14/2013 3:29:36 PM PST by paudio (Liberals teach Whites about guilt and shame much better than Christian churches do...)
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To: InHisService

I really don’t care what this woman does or doesn’t do.

The traditional celebration that my family has done is what I will do this year. I am fully aware that the birth of Jesus did not take place in December. As a cultural life affirming event I think Christmas celebrations are a good thing. The lights, the foods, the hymns, the family gathering those are all things that I treasure and have passed along to my family…. along with the real story of the Nazarene’s burt, life, death, and resurrection.

I find no reason to lambast others because of what they do for this time of year


48 posted on 12/14/2013 3:31:14 PM PST by Nifster
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To: InHisService

Keeping Christ at the center and being the reason for the season anchors the christian to enjoy all the other side aspects of christmas. As for me I find all the obligatory gift buying a real drag but I don’t begrudge others of it if they choose all the trappings and such.


49 posted on 12/14/2013 3:33:00 PM PST by tflabo (Truth or Tyranny)
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To: InHisService

I didn’t realize you wrote this when I posted the Yes, Virginia editorial.

Now that I realize it I must say you sound very unhappy.

I don’t think there is anything wrong with Christmas being in part a, how should I say it?, recasting of pagan holidays. That to me is fascinating and wonderful.

Christmas is the one time of year when we are all urged to think of others, to strive to make our loved ones and even strangers happy.

I think that very much is a Christian message.

And for all the nonsense of retail advertising, I don’t know that so many people succumb to that.

Don’t you think it is a good thing that we have a time in our culture where we celebrate family, the innocence of children, and yes God almighty?

If you don’t want to do the gift giving thing, find a performance of the Messiah and go see it; sing carols; do toys for tots; work in a soup kitchen.

Christmas is about the glory of God, celebrate that in the way you think is best, but please don’t buy into what the atheists say about it. My goodness, I’d take Macy’s over that crew 8 days a week.

God rest you merry, gentlewoman.


50 posted on 12/14/2013 3:34:40 PM PST by jocon307
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