There is the annual debate as to if we are pushing Christ out of Christmas. I wonder if it is just part of the Season of Advent and if we should have a special candle for it.
When I look around I see we still have our Manger by City Hall. That is good. The White House has a Christmas Tree. I was able to buy stamps at the Post Office with the Madonna and Child and angels. When someone says "Happy Holidays" and I respond with "Merry Christmas" they respond again with "Merry Christmas."
The one place I worry about is Christmas Cards. On Thursday I was in Chelmsford for a medical appointment and my wife asked me to drop by the Paper Store in Drum Hill. I checked all the boxes of cards and found only one with a "Birth of Jesus" theme and that one was dubious. When I got home I was informed that it was, indeed, dubious. Next day I hit the book store at the St Joseph the Worker Shrine and the Barnes and Nobel bookstore downtown and one other store on Merrimack Street. No joy. So, since I had to go to a store in Billerica, I tried the three stores in the shopping mall. Out of luck. Finally, I went across the street to the big Barnes and Noble on Middlesex Turnpike and scored two excellent boxes of cards. I was again a hero at home.
So, my sense is that the story of the birth of Jesus is safe in our culture for another year and that the only folks trying to take Christ out of Christmas are the greeting card manufacturers, or maybe the local greeting card retailers.
Merry Christmas to all
Regards — Cliff
1 year ago