Maybe I’m a cynic. Ok, no maybes about it. I am a cynic. Lately, I’ve thought that maybe we should give December 25th to the world and let them celebrate their winter festivals or whatever it is they call this time of year so as not to offend anyone.
I know that I’ve defended Christmas and its excess in the past. And I still feel that we should celebrate the birth of Christ, but does it have to be December 25th? Why not pick a date closer to the reality of the Christmas story and celebrate in April or September? I’m sure that we could take Christ out of Christmas, and very few people would notice. People would still sing “White Christmas” and “Rudolph.” The shopping frenzy would continue, and Santa would still make his trip.
December 25th was selected as a date for Christmas around 270 AD so that the newly converted pagans wouldn’t miss celebrating the passing of the winter solace. Well, maybe it’s time to return the date to the pagans. After all, they seem to enjoy it the most. They could once again call it “The birthday of the unconquered sun.” And the church can throw a private party and celebrate “The Birthday of the Unconquered SON.”
Have a great week, and remember: To see what is really possible, you will have to attempt the impossible.