It's all over the TV. It's all over television. Retail has had Christmas decorations up since before Halloween.
Thankfully, I haven't seen much of the "War on Christmas" lately.
Why am I thankful? Because there's no frickin' war!
It has all to do with the axial tilt of the earth, and the fact that multiple religions had celebrations around this time. Yule. Saturnalia. My favorite is the Persian God Mithra. His birthday is celebrated on December 25th. His birth was witnessed by shepherds.. he cured ills and cast out devils. he had 12 disciples... the bible tells us that Jesus was born in the spring.
And don't get me started on Christmas Trees, holly and mistletoe, and how they are pagan in origin.
But let's not mind that now. Let's go back to Jesus is the reason for the season.
This image is what I want to hand out to every Christian who pays lip service to Jesus, but actully don't follow what he actually said.
In this season of giving the United States wants to close it's doors to refugees. People want to persecute Muslims. Heath care is threatened. Gay couple are denied foster and adoptive parenting opportunities.
The "Christians" that speak the loudest are the ones that hate gays and love guns. How is that Christ like?
Me? I love everything to do with Christmas. I love the traditions. I love the lights. I love the cheesy Hallmark movies.
I love Christmas Town at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg. Christmas Town is the Christmas that you remember from your childhood. It's the Christmas that's gotten all the bad buffed away by memory. (Sadly, there are crowds...)
My favorite place in the entire park is the Peace Bridge. You walk the bridge between Octoberfest and San Marco. This lovely song plays:
And you see this off in the distance.
To be, this sentiment is where it comes back to Jesus. I want the things listed in the pictures above.
To me, those are the reason for the season. Family. Peace. Helping other.
With a side of gingerbread and hot chocolate.