Thursday, December 2, 2010

You're a mean one, Mrs. Grinch.

Now that the love-fest for The Husband is over (on the blog, at least -- not in real life), and we're now in December, I suppose I have to start thinking about Christmas.

Yep.  I suppose I have to start thinking about Christmas.

For some reason, it's been a challenge for me to get into the Christmas spirit the last couple of years.

Conversations like this one might have something to do with it:


(By the way, no, that's not supposed to be Sarah Palin.)  I do not understand why we have to have heated debates about things like that.  If you don't want to utilize Santa, then don't.  If you do, go ahead.  I believed in Santa, and I never felt deceived by my parents, nor did it shake my faith in anything else.  But if I thought that one or both of my girls was going to question every single thing I said to them because I LIED to them about the reality of Santa Claus, then I would rethink my position.

But the thing is... Does it really matter?  REALLY?  First of all, every family gets to pick for themselves what they're going to do.  Will they decorate in order to win some kind of contest for their neighborhood?  Fine.  Decorate because they're throwing a party for Jesus' birthday?  Good for them.  TO EACH HIS OR HER OWN.

Second... What the heck kind of picture of Christianity are we showing when we're going to pit ourselves against each other over something so trivial?!?  Especially at this time of year!

Like, the whole "happy holidays" thing.  Do you really expect retailers to only say "Merry Christmas" when they want to take money from all consumers, including the ones who only celebrate Hanukkah or Kwanzaa or Winterval?  Saying "happy holidays" is safe for them! 

Instead of griping about it, why not spend time actually making someone's holiday, whatever holiday that may be, happy?  Bring a little comfort and joy into someone's life.  I'm pretty sure that's one answer to the whole WWJD question, right?

As for me and my house, Christmas is about Christ.  It's about God sending His Son to this earth for us.  For me.  Telling our girls about the greatest gift ever.  Singing "Happy Birthday" to Jesus.  

And for the next few years, it's also going to be about the excited voices coming from the back seat every time we pass a house that's all lit up.  Teaching them when to sing "like a light bulb" or "like Pinocchio" during Rudolph.  And seeing them tear into their three gifts each.

And hopefully, thinking about others who don't have a merry anything at this time of year.  No, not just thinking about them, doing something for them.  Appreciating what we have and being so grateful for it, and wanting those less fortunate to have something to be grateful for.


12 comments:

Sarah at The Stroller Ballet said...

I so agree with you about this all. What a waste of time to debate about silly things? Why not do something productive and meaningful with your time, instead? I love that you wrote about this, because I've been thinking about it lately!!

leigh said...

It's so funny because I have zero hang ups about Christmas. As a child, it was such a wonderful holiday to me. I have memories of decorating the tree, picking out gifts for my family, tearing through presents, and playing some sort of animal in the church Christmas pageant ever year. I hope that my children will look back at have the same sweet memories associated with it.

It's time for laughter, love, worship, and family. I feel sad for the people who choose to look at Christmas in a negative light.

Great post and I love the Advent Conspiracy video.

Sara said...

I loved this. At every store I've ever worked at (except Bible Mart) we HAD to say Happy Holidays- per corporate. Because we livein a country, where people have faith in what they want. Then at BM (haha), we HAD to say Merry Christmas. I didn't get that far in my career with them, but it bothered me that the store that should have shown the most Christian tolerance showed the least.... I get tired of hearing about the legality of things. People need to mind their own business and do what's right for them, within His will....

Insanitykim said...

Good post Ness! :) It's great to be part of the conspiracy!!!

Mindy said...

I couldn't read the conversation (was blank for some reason), but I absolutely agree! I blogged about this earlier in the week as well. Why gripe? Do your best to celebrate as you will, enjoy yourself, encourage and serve others, and choose what's best.

MiMi said...

Such a good post, girl! So true. The things we "Christians" fight over are SO stupid. :(
Love the Advent Conspiracy...I've never seen it. :)

blueviolet said...

I'm so in agreement with you on this!!! I'm just tired of everyone arguing about every little thing.

Snuggle Wasteland said...

I agree with you. We don't do Santa at our house but I never get all preachy people who do. I just hope my kids aren't the ones who spill the beans that he isn't real.

shortmama said...

I agree! To each their own. We do Santa in our house but we also talk about Jesus all month long in our school lessons to remind all of us what the meaning of Christmas is

Honey B. said...

I agree! Marmot's family are SO particular about how we celebrate Christmas and who does what and where we go. Drives me nuts! Wish we could all just play nice.

hotpants™ said...

Happy Holidays is simple and includes damn near everyone. I don't know why people think it's bad to say.

ModernMom said...

The Holidays really should be about peace and happiness:) Merry CHRISTmas to you!