Tuesday, January 02, 2007

'tis the season....or is it?

We just got back from a Christmas cruise to the Mexican Riveria. "Christmas" was a very absent word however on that ship. On board there were few decorations, a few token garlands, one very small, skinny 4 foot tall tree stuck in a corner, and no "Have a Merry Christmas" from the crew. You'd think we were on a tanker ship.

The reason given was this: "Our ship last year was beautifully decorated with trees, lights, and lots of garland but we got a lot of complaints. So in order to be politcally correct and to avoid what happened last year, we nixed Christmas." There you have it.

But wait a minute. Aren't there a lot of people, and I mean alot of people, who are not believers who go out and buy "Christmas presents" put up "Christmas trees" and enjoy the "Christmas holiday parties" and days off of work? So, why when it's convenient for them to enjoy "Christams" it's okay, but when it's not convenient, they make a stink? Simple. 'tis the season of "it's all about me attitude."

Why not just call "Christmas" a "Winter Festival" and keep the trees, the decorations, and the present giving? That would make a lot of people happy. And for those who are believers, keep "Christmas" for what it is supposed to be: a celebration of a very special birth. We rejoice in His coming then and in His coming again.

'tis the season.....in all things, give thanks.