Ironically, since Lewis wrote the pair of articles, the holiday of “Chrissmas” has either been banned worldwide, or is well on the way to being banned. Apparently, in a secular world, in which the non-stop party of materialism has countless attendees and advocates, Chrismass smacks entirely too much of spirituality to suit a great many people.
One is, moreover, forced to note with some bemusement that Muslim holidays are not only allowed, but encouraged, and largely by the same crowd who so disparage Chrismass. Multiculturalism and multi-ethnicity, apparently, are fine for others, but not for those who espouse and/or practice the spiritual traditions of the West.
To be completely honest, I really like this kind of personal giving rather than corporate contributions. Sure it's nice when a corporation gives things for the troops or local children's hospitals, (which they did) but I think the fact that the gift offered came from customers who took the time to let our servicemen and servicewomen know how much we love and appreciate them is much more satisfying.
You'll also find God acting on your behalf as a multiplier. My wife and a coworker took some $300 or so that was donated to their toy drive to a local Mattel outlet store. The cashier noticed the large purchase and asked about it. After my wife explained that it was a part of a gift to children's hospital, the cashier turned around and told her supervisor. The supervisor immediately knocked 30% off the bill so they were able to go get more toys.
God loves private charity.
Freepmail wagglebee to subscribe or unsubscribe from the moral absolutes ping list.
Freep-mail me to get on or off my pro-life and Catholic List:
Please ping me to note-worthy Pro-Life or Catholic threads, or other threads of interest.
Obama Says A Baby Is A Punishment