Of course I'm liberal, I believe in liberty.

Saturday, December 25, 2004

Remember When Christ was Still In Christmas?

Me neither. Not really. When I was a child Christmas was about Santa Claus, holly, Christmas lights, presents, family and "peace on Earth with good will toward men". Sure, there was a child in a manger and a little drummer boy to go along with Rudolph and Frosty the Snowman. Many Christians complain we've left the Christ out of Christmas, which is fine, but the go on and act as if this is a recent phenomena. It isn't. Atrios has an intersting post where he quotes Henry Ford:
And it has become pretty general. Last Christmas most people had a hard time finding Christmas cards that indicated in any way that Christmas commemorated Someone's Birth. Easter they will have the same difficulty in finding Easter cards that contain any suggestion that Easter commemorates a certain event. There will be rabbits and eggs and spring flowers, but a hint of the Resurrection will be hard to find. Now, all this begins with the designers of the cards.

"And it has become..." Even back in 1921 they acted as if this was something new. Today they continue to act as if this is something new. This is what romantics do, they seek back to a world of yesterday that never existed. Their assumptions are false, thus so are their conclusions.