The War on Christmas?

They say that there is a “war on Christmas.” At least that’s what some politicians and an inordinate number of people who should know better are saying.’s what they think ought to happen is that as soon as Thanksgiving is over with you immediately hit the shopping malls or your computer monitor to start the Christmas season. The stores are already playing Christmas carols – and tunes like “Frosty the Snowman,” “Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire,” and the rest. Television stations are airing Christmas movies of all kinds and we are trying desperately to get ourselves into the “Christmas spirit.”

If you are a Christian there is an unavoidable truth that there is no war on Christmas just because someone is griping when you say “Merry Christmas” on December 1. Christmas doesn’t belong in the mall anyway – it is a festival of the Christian Community – the Church. Further, before it is Christmas, we observed the season of Advent, which, in fact, does begin right after Thanksgiving, only it is not a sparkly time with bright Christmas carols and shopping sprees.

Advent is a sober time of longing; a time of awaiting the One whom God had promised will save Israel. During Advent we sing hymns in a minor key and we listen to Scriptures about judgment and how God will be our judge before He becomes our Savior in the sending of the Christ child. So, don’t worry about a war on Christmas. There is no war inside the Church – the only place for Christmas anyway! It is from here that we carry the living Christ into the world through the brightness of our lives in Him.