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Published: December 18, 2005
Why isn't anyone talking about the birth of Jesus Christ? That's what Christmas is really all about. I'm not into extreme holiday decorations, especially before Christmas, but Christmas has real meaning to me.

What bugs me is how the holiday decorations go up before Christmas and even before Advent. Advent is the time of preparation in the Christian calendar before Christmas. We have a wreath with four candles and talk about the immaculate conception and John the Baptist.

What bugs me even more is how the holiday decorations go down after the first day of Christmas. Remember the twelve days of christmas song? That's real. Those twelve days of Christmas start when Jesus is born and lead up to the time we celebrate the coming of the Magi (Three "wisemen" or "kings" who bring gifts to Jesus)

I don't mean to ruin your holiday celebrations if you don't beleive in Jesus, but if you do, please go to church and understand what Advent/Christmas/Epiphany is all about.
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xjcdentonx's avatar
Here's Tom Lehrer's 1960's satire on the "true spirit of Christmas, as we celebrate it in the United States".

"One very familiar type of song is the Christmas carol, although it is perhaps a bit out of season at this time. However, I am informed by my disk jockey friends, of whom I have none, that in order to get a song popular by Christmas time you have to start plugging it well in advance, so here it goes. It's always seemed to me, after all, that Christmas, with its spirit of giving, offers us all a wonderful opportunity each year to reflect on what we all most sincerely and deeply believe in - I refer, of course, to money. And yet, none of the Christmas carols that you hear on the radio, or in the street, even attempts to capture the true spirit of Christmas as we celebrate it in the United States, that is to say the commercial spirit. So I should like to offer the following Christmas carol for next year as being perhaps a bit more appropriate.

Christmas time is here, by golly,
Disapproval would be folly.
Deck the halls with hunks of holly,
Fill the cup and don't say when.

Kill the turkeys, ducks and chickens,
Mix the punch, drag out the Dickens.
Even though the prospect sickens,
Brother, here we go again.

On Christmas Day you can't get sore,
Your fellow man you must adore.
There's time to rob him all the more
The other three hundred and sixty-four.

Relations, sparing no expense, 'll
Send some useless old utensil,
Or a matching pen and pencil.
("Just the thing I need, how nice!")

It doesn't matter how sincere it is,
Nor how heart felt the spirit,
Sentiment will not endear it,
What's important is the price.

Hark, the Herald Tribune sings,
Advertising wondrous things.
God rest ye merry merchants,
May ye make the Yuletide pay.
Angels we have heard on high,
Tell us to go out and buy!

So, let the raucous sleigh bells jingle,
Hail our dear old friend Kris Kringle,
Driving his reindeer across the sky.
Don't stand underneath when they fly by.

Actually, I did rather well myself this past Christmas. The nicest present I received was a gift certificate good at any hospital for a lobotomy... rather thoughtful."
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suzkie's avatar
glad i'm not the only one complaining about this :)
i hate to see how people make Christmas more and more commercialized year after year. to me the birthday of Jesus is the most important day to celebrate during the year.

(what i was coming here to say was thanks for the +faving, so thanks for it :))
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beansworth's avatar
What's this? Someone not afraid to be a bit politically incorrect?

Yes, you're very right, and I applaud you on making this observation while no one else has (or if they have, it's a very precious few), and though I'm not against decorations going up before the holiday itself, I am against the commercialization of Christmas (and Christianity itself, really). It should be about Jesus, not the gifts.

Thank you for posting this. :)
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happyare's avatar
Any time!
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Daytha's avatar
It's so true..
Every year I get impression that Christmas are for shops and presents, not for our religion :/
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