Don’t look now, but the war on Christmas is gearing up. Sometimes I just want to find a quiet liturgical foxhole and hibernate till Epiphany. New Jersey is one front–no dreidels there, either. I see that German religious folk are organizing against Santa Claus. Hmm. In Europe, I thought it was Father Christmas, but oh well.
The music issue is a no-brainer for me. I really don’t want secular places singing Christian Christmas songs. They always sing ’em too early: Advent or even November. They always sound better in a church, sung by a full congregation.
The Christmas War always leaves me fatigued. And besides, if people get their dose of Christmas in a school auditorium or at a mall or in a town square, that’s one potential holiday stop covered, right? What if someone decides that’s enough and they don’t need to go to church to celebrate Christmas? Better for the public spaces to be silent on Christmas. Let ’em have George Bailey and Bing Crosby. Run those countless Christmas romance movies on cable tv like my wife likes–that’s cool. But hell’s bells silver bells, leave Christmas alone, please.