The article traces how Christians responded to Christmas only a hundred years ago (or so), and compares that to how Christians respond to Christmas today. (Of course, I’ve always said that Christians – Evangelicals in particular – have a short memory.) In the late 1800’s and early 1900’s, many Christians did not accept Christmas as a “religious” holiday.
When did this change? When the American culture (society) began to accept Christmas more widely, then Christians and the church began to accept and celebrate it as well.
Today, many Christians fight to “keep the Christ in Christmas.” (I wonder how many are also keeping the “Mass” in Christmas…)
Anyway, the last part of Skye’s article should cause all of us to think… whether we celebrate Christmas or not:
Sadly, the “War on Christmas” and “Christmas Under Siege” campaigns pushed by some conservative Christians says more about the church’s captivity to consumerism than its commitment to the love of Christ and their neighbors.
Just something to think about…