Let’s talk about Christmas

I saw a truly amazing video the other day by the talented Charity Croff  and feel inspired to write about it. Go ahead and watch it here. I’ll wait 🙂

Did you watch it? All of it? Ok, good! Let’s chat.

If you’re like me, you emphatically nodded at every point Charity Croff brings up, from the Christmas tree to the powerful influence from Rome. As a quais-Christian with an unofficial faith base, I always find the hyperness surrounding Christmas fascinating. I actually celebrate both Yule and Christmas, finding both an excellent way to honor our creator and usher in the new, fresh year, but many seem to have a different agenda with their holiday celebrations. Like Charity Croff, I am always saddened by how much waste there is at Christmas time while we attempt to honor gratitude and selflessness. Honestly, I don’t see the point of presents. We should appreciate our friends and loved ones all year.

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Go ahead, call me a Grinch. It’s actually fitting considering the Grinch shares the same ideology. As Jim Carey’s character in the 2000 revamp so eloquently says:

That’s what it’s all about, isn’t it? That’s what it’s always been *about*. Gifts, gifts… gifts, gifts, gifts, gifts, gifts! You wanna know what happens to your gifts? They all come to me. In your garbage. You see what I’m saying? In your *garbage*.

And did you catch Charity Croff’s point there at the end? We could literally end world hunger if we didn’t spend so much money on Christmas and we would have money left over. Let that sink in for a moment.

We could end suffering, appreciate loved ones, and still have money left over to put into other worthy causes.

It’s crazy to me that consumerism rules us so carefully that people aren’t having and sharing this epiphany. While we’re complaining about the design on our Starbucks cups because it doesn’t highlight Christ (which, as we know from our lovely friend’s video, is not actually the reason for the season), we could be solving world hunger. Talk about the wool being pulled over society’s eyes. We’re so distracted by the minutia in our day to day lives to notice that the we could put that passion towards a much worthier goal. So when we worry about whether Christ is in Christmas, think about how we are effectively erasing Christian principles by obsessing about the holiday. Granted, I realize that a lot of people enjoy these rather detrimental pursuits because it makes them feel righteous and powerful .I’m rather like little Cindy Lou Who in that I would love to see everyone come together during the holidays, preferably all year round if I’m honest, to actually do some real good. So put up your tree, your altar, your menorah, or other holiday tradition, hug your loved ones, and better use those resources.

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