Christmas is for everybody — no need to patent it
It’s as regular as Christmas — some church people complaining about commercialisation of the season of Jesus’ birth — and now some folks even want the church to hold the rights to the name of ©hristmas. Yes, I get it: when you’re a follower of Jesus it seems that the good news of God coming to us has been overlaid by plastic and tinsel and lights and songs about Santa.
But . . . c’mon! If we try to demand “Christian rights”, we lose more than we gain.
I’m pretty sure that Jesus Christ is more concerned with an attitude of love, grace and service than with patenting his name on a holiday.
But my main reason for opposing the “Reclaim Christmas” people is that the themes of the first Christmas story aren’t so far from the big themes of life in 2017, anyway.
Start with a child conceived out of wedlock. Then let a government create artificial homelessness. Then force a family to flee to another country as refugees from a genocidal militia chief. Those Holy Family crises are not some forgotten way of life from the past. They’re real; they’re still here for everybody — Christian or nonchristian. Christmas is for everybody who can remain open and compassionate in the midst of the bad stuff that just keeps on happening, especially at this time of year.