This post is a timely reminder. My family laugh that I wait till Christmas eve to put up my decorations, and leave them up until 6th of January – or even beyond (my youngest s birthday is on the 7th so I used to keep them up until the 8th.)
Whatever happened to Advent as a time of preparation and fasting? People have their parties before Christmas, and come Boxing Day are bored.
If you’re a Christian who thinks the Christmas season ended on Dec. 25, then you’re already a casualty of the ‘war on Christmas,’ and you don’t even know it.
In the United States, the annual commercial assault on Christmas begins on Thanksgiving, when some Christians line up in the middle of the night for special sales that force others to work on a national holiday.
In the bigger picture, the modern attack on Christmas, and Christianity, has been ongoing in one form or another for more than 100 years.
As too many Christians have grown ignorant of Christian history, they’ve surrendered the faith to the mainstream cultures in which they find themselves. From closing churches across Europe to Americans ignorant of the liturgical calendar, the Christian tradition has slowly given way to Christmas trees, theologically flawed nativity scenes and the drawings of Thomas Nast.
The fact is, for the…
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