Christmas Myths

I don’t understand Focus on the Family‘s war on those who don’t want to entangle Christmas in commercialism. Why should secular businesses, many of which may well be run by non-Christians, be judged on the basis of whether or not they pay lip service to “Christmas”? FOTF speaks of “this historic Christian observance in our culture.” I think it would be more accurate to speak of historic Christian non-observance in our culture … it didn’t catch on in New England until the 19th century–in the colonial period it was banned in New England.

2 thoughts on “Christmas Myths

  1. Have you heard of the “Redefine Christmas” campaign? It’s a movement to increase charitable gift-giving during Advent/Christmas instead of buying into the commercialism. Seems like something up your alley (and mine). Check it out at

    Also, NPR had some fun a week or two ago by approaching a design consulting firm about re-designing the Christmas “brand” (which, unfortunately, is what commercialism has turned it into). They came up with “X”-mas, where “X” is whatever religious symbol you celebrate. So you could have “cross”-mas, or “menorah”-mas, or whatever other symbol. Apparently, the “-mas” suffix does not stand for “Mass”, as I thought, but rather an Anglo-Saxon word for festival. So they played that up as well. And they also re-imagined the color scheme as off-whites, instead of the sometimes-nauseating red and green. I didn’t agree with or like all the ideas they came up with, but at least it showed some creative response to an (unfortunately) all too predictable time of year.

    And yes, I am avoiding studying by surfing the Net. Last law exam is Thursday.

  2. I guess I should note that “-mas” was co-opted into Mass, so they are related; I just got the order of adoption wrong.

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