Making Xmas Disappear

For years we’ve seen the fabricated word Xmas in newspapers, on television, anywhere there is advertising. Some creative advertising genius came up with it years ago as a simple substitute for Christmas because it would save print space, cut back on number of letters used and as a result–Voila–save money.
Well, it annoyed a lot of us–those of us who know that Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Christ, not the birth of the letter “X.” Well I’m pleased to report that the use of Xmas has been on the decline for several years now. Maybe advertisers have more money and can spell out C-h-r-i-s-t. Maybe advertisers have gotten more sensitive and listened to the complaints of those of us who were offended. Maybe, just maybe, they found Jesus, although I realize that in the business world the odds on that happening are pretty small.
That’s the good news. The bad news is that there are still a lot of people out there who celebrate Xmas. They celebrate with gifts and Christmas trees and decorations and the whole shebang without any recognition of the baby Jesus or why the holiday is holy and sacred and why it is Christmas.
Now I’m not normally a complainer, unless there’s particularly bad refereeing at a basketball game, but this troubles me. People celebrating the trappings and traditions of Christmas without any realization of why we’re celebrating in the first place. It’s almost like any excuse to have a party. Some wouldn’t care if it was Christmas or Super Bowl Sunday. You may know friends or even family who fall into that category. I certainly do.
So, enough complaining–what do we do? I think what we do has to do with hospitality, education and exposure. I think we do what Jesus’ disciples did–we invite the Xmas people to come to church. We say “come and see.” There are plenty of wonderful worship opportunities over the Christmas season. We expose them to the love of God shown to us in the birth of his son Jesus and we trust that the new or renewed knowledge of Him will make a huge difference in their lives.
We invite them. That’s what we do and we let God in his love and wisdom handle the rest. There is no one who reads this letter who can’t do this. The results can be spectacular. We can help make Xmas disappear.
Pastor Rod

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