For those of you not in the know; Voldemort is the main antagonist from J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter Series. One of the most notable things about him is that almost no one speaks his name, referring to him only has “He who shall not be named.”
I love Christmas, it is the celebration of the second greatest event in man’s history, second only to Easter. I love the feeling in the air, I love knowing that those things I buy will bring joy to my loved ones, and I love to hear the songs of the season assuming they don’t start before the Friday after Thanksgiving. But as I listen I am hearing less and less Jesus. This morning on the radio I heard a list of the top five Christmas songs of the millennium and none of them were songs about Jesus. Heck our church hasn’t even sung a carol yet, so what can I expect from the rest of the world.
My wife calls me a Scrooge because I don’t get into all of the secular ideas of Christmas, I want to put my foot through the TV every time I hear “The true meaning of Christmas” and it doesn’t point to Jesus. How dare you attempt to undermine the foundation of this holy day? What if we all started to celebrate Ramadan simply for the fast and said the true meaning was simply to be aware of your blessings. The true meaning of Ramadan is to celebrate all that you have, there is no spiritual context; I think there would be issues.
Don’t get me wrong I want to create traditions with my daughter but I want her and the rest of the world to know what Christmas is really all about. I am struggling to learn how to make sure Jesus is the crux of the matter at Christmas because he never was in my house growing up. I have heard a lot of different ideas from wise parents through the years and I think I will even take a few as my own, but I pray that God grants me the wisdom on how to deal with this issue. Because I do not want to be viewed as a Scrooge but I do not want some watered down, crappy feel good Christmas that doesn’t have Christ.
And now for something completely different: