I’m growing weary of the societal onslaught designed to strip Christmas of its dignity and clothe it in the seams of secularization. One of the latest examples is the action of the “Executive Leadership Team” at the Salem VA Medical Center. These mindless minions have banned Christmas trees, Christmas celebrations, and Christian speech, including the traditional Season’s Greeting of “Merry Christmas.”
Should the traditional Season’s Greeting be restricted to the “Ho, Ho, Ho,” of Santa Claus or should two letters be added to “Ho” and the greeting be: “Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty” as we celebrate the gift of God’s Son?
Is Christmas to be the inflated plastic toys that line the shelves of stores like Home Depot who want your money, but deny the message of Christmas? Is it to be a way for stores to profit while they reject The Prophet who is The Way, The Truth, and The Life (John 14:6)?
I realize that Thanksgiving is this week and Christmas is still a month away, but I’ve come to loathe the commercialization of Christmas. When we forget the rich Christian history of this holy day, it becomes a remnant of empty boxes and crumpled wrapping paper.
The hope-filled Spirit of Christmas has transformed lives throughout the history of mankind. One such incident is the World War I story involving Charles Brewer, a 19-year-old British lieutenant.
On Christmas Eve of 1914, Brewer and other soldiers of the Bedfordshire Regiment of the 2nd Battalion were shivering in a trench when they faintly heard the sound of singing coming from the trenches of the German soldiers. After a moment, Brewer recognized the song was the familiar Christmas carol, “Silent Night.” When the Germans were finished singing “Stille Nacht,” Brewer and other soldiers began to cheer, and they sang the English version of the song.
According to history.com, “When dawn broke on Christmas morning, something even more remarkable happened. In sporadic pockets along the 500-mile Western Front, unarmed German and Allied soldiers tentatively emerged from the trenches and cautiously crossed no-man’s-land—the killing fields between the trenches littered with frozen corpses, eviscerated trees and deep craters—to wish each other a Merry Christmas. Political leaders had ignored the call of Pope Benedict XV to cease fighting around Christmas, but soldiers in the trenches decided to stage their own unofficial, spontaneous armistices anyway.”
I think it’s time for the government to end this sterilization program and let our Veterans have their Christmas trees and its time merchants begin focusing less on the jingle bells of their cash registers and more on the message of Silent Night.