Christ­mas is for ev­ery­body — no need to patent it

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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.

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