December 2, 2014
Christmas season is here. Unfortunately, it is another way of saying the Mean Season is here. The mean season begins with pushing and shoving while rushing to the first bargain battle on Black Friday, Thanksgiving, or whatever miserable day stores and malls decide. It ends when the last Christmas prize’s wrapping is wadded up and tossed into the trash.
It begins with numerous negative postings on social media sites. Posting, for example, that urges boycotting stores who tell associates to wish you Happy Holidays instead of Merry Christmas. Posting which urge readers to please share religious pictures of Christmas just to upset the censors at Facebook or whatever. Political posting that exclaim how terrible the black guy in the White House is for doing something like putting a gold star on the national Christmas tree instead of a white star like so and so did. All good intentions by good people designed to put Christ back in Christmas. However, I would like a major campaign this Christmas season to put Christ back in Christians.
What is wrong with a campaign to give a smile to overworked associates and help to tired fellow shoppers scurrying around stores for find Christmas happiness? How about sharing food with those who have no food? Or sharing your time and with those shut in or lonely? Isn’t this far more Christian than trying to upset some imaginary, unknown person? What is wrong with sharing your money with poor people directly instead of Corporate begging institutions? Is fretting over how well other people following your religion keeping you from loving them for trying? Different cultures do different things. Be the Samaritan. Be the kind of person Jesus would talk about as an example for all.
Once Christ is back in Christians, the mean season will a kind season once more.
Until then, have a Happy Holiday season!