I have reached the place where I am thoroughly convinced that Christmas has been so polluted, so prostituted that Christians worldwide should look to establish a new day of worship, communion, and service as a witness to the world of a better way. A day not focused on stuff and alternative visual representations of Christmas that have nothing to do with the gift of Christ to the world.
I’m not saying Christians should reject being active with regard to December 25th but to collective step back from the consumerism and false messages of Christmas. Instead, giving our time to others during the Christmas holiday period so that when we’re asked what we are doing for Christmas we will say “giving my time to others, but I (we) chose to truly celebrate Christ’s birth on (t.b.d.) thus forcing the lost to rethink the meaning of Christmas itself and the Christ who loves them.
I think this alternate date chosen should be within 30-60 days of December 25th during some period that’s otherwise “major holiday free” and should have an alternative name so that the body of Christ recognizes it as their alternative and reminder of the reverence we should show for our Savior.
My thinking is this day of reverence should be named something like “Christian Christmas” or “Christ-birth Day.” Observance, as I mentioned should, in my opinion, for a number of reasons, be within 30-60 days, before or after December 25th. While there are arguments that his actually birth was sometime in the fall I find it unnecessary to pick a date based on this issue, but rather a day that takes advantage of December 25th itself to look towards this day of reverence as a tactical witness opportunity. As such I’m leaning to the view that a day following traditional Christmas would be best. I’m thinking that because there is a commonly referenced emotional “low” after the Christmas / New Year time frame that the “Christian Christmas” should possibly be in mid to late January when people are once again in the midst of this emotional lull.
After the busyness and gluttony of both Thanksgiving (another day we could discuss) and Christmas, with it’s ultimately unsatisfying materialism, the hangover of New Year’s Day, the “gut check” (pardon the pun) of failed resolutions, even the reality of Christmas credit card bills and growing tiring of winter, perhaps the weary soul of the lost is in more need of peace, and it’s Prince, in January than at any time of the year, and perhaps more open to the gospel of peace, and of course the real meaning of Christmas.
Well that is my simple thought on “Christmas” and where the Christian should relate to it. Perhaps in the future I’ll share my thoughts on the subjects of Easter, Thanksgiving, and even marriage in a similar vein.