It’s interesting that after today most of those who were haranguing Starbucks and other businesses or government agencies for saying Happy Holidays and for not using real Christmas decorations, will probably be taking down their own decorations tomorrow or the next day. For these Christmas soldiers, Christmas is officially over just as the Christmas season is beginning for practicing Christians around the world.
The real war on Christmas is not being fought by big business and government agencies that use the more inclusive “Happy Holidays” or “Season’s Greetings” it is being waged by pseudo-Christians who want to push their ideologies, discriminatory practices, and notions of power on non-Christians and practicing Christians alike.
Pseudo-Christians rage against Starbuck for not putting Christmas decorations like snowmen, mistletoe and reindeer on their cups. Yet, I wonder what do jingle bells, sleighs and trees have to do with the birth of our Lord Jesus? These Christmas soldiers forget the Holy Family had to take Jesus and flee from soldiers in the dark of night. Soldiers of any kind are trained killers and Christmas soldiers kill the spirit of the season by pushing their agenda on others instead of humbling themselves (kenosis) as did the Divine Word of God when he came into the world as a powerless child born to a conquered people, immigrant refugees in their own land.
I am happy to know that Pope Francisco who began his on struggle against (business) Christmas last years is continuing the struggle. Practicing Christians who today begin the Christmas (Nativity) season need to join the Pope in the fight against big business Christmas.
If you want to celebrate Jesus this Christmas Season, then wish everyone you don’t know “Happy Holidays” and “Seasons Greetings” respecting everyone’s right to celebrate the holidays of their own religion or secularized cultures. And to your fellow Christians wish a very “Happy Nativity of our Lord Jesus” remembering the holiday is not about Christmas ornaments, Christmas shopping or Christmas gifts, it is about the Nativity of Jesus in Bethlehem and in our loving and humble acts of random kindness all the yearlong.