Posts Tagged ‘Christmas’

Merry Christmas

December 24, 2008

Picture by Simon Dewey

And His Name Shall of Called Wonderful

by Sally DeFord

Unto us on this holy night
Unto us beneath a new star’s light
Unto us where the lambs have fed
Gently laid in a manger bed
Unto us a child is born
Unto us a son is given

And his name shall be called Wonderful
For the world will be healed by his power
He will be our unfailing Counselor
In each uncertain hour
The Mighty God of heaven above
So meekly comes to earth
The Everlasting Father
This child of lowly birth
Tell his name, sing his praise in all the world
Till all the world believes
Till every voice is lifted up
To praise the Prince of Peace

Unto us ‘mid the angel song
Unto us, the gift awaited long
Unto us wrapped in swaddling bands
Hushed to sleep at the Virgin’s hands
Unto us a child is born
Unto us a son is given


Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

December 11, 2008

A New Hanover County, North Carolina school temporarily dropped Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer from its kindergarten program because of a complaint from a mother that the song has religious overtones.  The overtones–the song has the word “Christmas” in it.  The complaining mother is Jewish.   Dennis Prager and Michael Medved, both practicing Jews, have discussed this news story at length.  One of them (and I can’t remember who) said that he would bet a large amount of money that the woman is not an observant Jew and that people of are confident believers never feel threatened by the religious practices of others.

The local school board decided that “Rudolph” is a secular song and it is back in the program.  They also decided that religious songs will be allowed in the future as long as other religions are represented.  One report said that many parents shouted out with glee when they heard the song was back in the program.

And a little irony:  I just learned that Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer was written by a Jew. Johnny Marks also wrote quite a few other Christmas songs, including I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day (words by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow).

The central issue is an important one.  Why should anyone be offended with the public religious observance of another?  It is as if they are saying “Since I don’t observe this holiday, neither can you.”

Happy Easter

March 23, 2008

Robert Fulghum, in his newest book, What On Earth Have I Done?: Stories, Observations, and Affirmations writes of an experience in Crete. He says that the Cretans make a much bigger celebration of Easter than they do of Christmas. Christmas is a quiet time, celebrated with the family. Easter is a big deal. When he asked why, he was told that babies are born everyday, but the Resurrection of the Lord, now that doesn’t happen every day.

Christmas and Easter, in my mind, are twin holidays. Christmas is the birth of our Savior and Easter is the celebration of His resurrection. Both deal with new life–when a spirit joins its body–birth to a mortal body and the resurrection to a perfected body.

Easter is a time the remember, not only Christ’s resurrection, but also His gift of the promise of resurrection to all.

Christmas vs Holiday

November 29, 2007

Last night, Wendy was watching a show on decorating your home for Christmas. Except Christmas was barely mentioned. Instead, it was about “holiday” wreathes and “holiday” trees, never a word about Christmas.

After a fairly long segment about a “holiday tree,” the host slipped up a bit by singing a few bars of “O Christmas Tree.”

Why the fear about mentioning the word “Christmas?” Everyone knows a “holiday” tree is a Christmas tree, so why not just call it for what it really is? KOST-FM started playing “holiday” music, not Christmas music, a few days before Thanksgiving. The music is clearly Christmas music, so why hide behind the politically correct “holiday” term?

NEWS FLASH—From around Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day, it’s the Christmas season. Whether a religious celebration of the birth of the Savior and a secular celebration with elves, reindeer and Santa, it’s Christmastime, not “Holiday” time. And it’s Christmas, not “holiday” music, Christmas, not “holiday” decorations, and it’s a Christmas tree, not a “holiday” tree. You don’t need to be a Christian to understand what season it is. And no one needs to be offended if the word “Christmas” is uttered in public. The PC people preach the importance of multi-culturalism and then are the first to eliminate the signs of a very important culture in America.

Please don’t offer me Season’s Greetings. It’s Christmastime! MERRY CHRISTMAS!