Posted: December 25, 2016 in Uncategorized
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Quite a bit is going on in our world at this time.  Russia rhetoric, Syrian refugees from a horrible civil war, ISIS/ISL terrorism, Taliban in Afghanistan, German murder by Islamic extremist and a porous European border not to mention that we are about to have a new president that will be about as far from our sitting president as one can get are all current events that promise worldwide sensationalism.  Instead of homing in on any one of these or countless other stories going on in the world, let’s take one more week to observe the holiday that is a part of the fabric of our nation and countries around the world.  We will then resume looking at the world outside of the magnificent period of time we call Christmas, a point in time each year that a person can feel the presence of optimism, love and charity by merely being present and allowing the time of the season to envelop you.

Over the past few years I have been quit outspoken about the sterilization of Christmas and how the religious holiday has become a huge marketing opportunity for the retail distributors.  To insure the holiday remains neutral and does not offend anyone by declaring the true origin of the holiday nor  to offend anyone that does not believe in the Christian origin of the holiday, reference to the birth of Jesus has been swept from the discussion of the holiday.

This has been going on for many years; slowly at first but gaining momentum over the last few years as law suits and financial analysis charts a new course for our nation and the great holiday.  When Charles Schultz wrote a Charlie Brown Christmas, CBS told him that he could not relay any religious significance to the production.  Schultz objected and insisted that the true meaning of Christmas be relayed to the audience and thus the following was transmitted to the TV audience in 1965.

“ And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not; for, behold, I bring you tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you: Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace and goodwill towards men.”

There has not been enough Charles Schultz’s in our world and the true meaning of Christmas has been diminishing.  But alas, the tide is starting turn.  It is slow but it is happening and it is a welcome development.  Walmart brought in their nativity sets this year.  Then when I was at Dollar General there was some small plastic nativities that were reminiscent of what was available at all five and dime stores for a quarter across the country a generation ago.  Then when walking through Walmart in Ruston I was shocked to see a nativity set for a yard decoration.  This was the first I had seen in years and then next to it was a six foot high inflatable nativity scene to celebrate the birth of Christ.  The true acid test will be when the local retailers offer wrapping paper with a Christian theme.  Fingers crossed it will be on the shelves for Christmas 2017.

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