Christians can enjoy Christmas festivities, too

January 12, 2010

By Breanne Faehnrich

Hall Monitor Breanne Faehnrich Liberty High School

Hall Monitor Breanne Faehnrich Liberty High School

Every December, I, like many Americans, honor Christmas in all the wrong ways.

I get caught up in the commercialism of frenzied, last minute gift buying. I indulge in Christmas cookies, candy canes and gingerbread houses. One thing I do not do is recognize enough the true foundation of Christmas — the birthday of Jesus Christ.

People like me are often deemed hypocritical for celebrating Christmas. Why should we reap the benefits of a tradition we have trivialized by our materialistic values? True Christians have every reason to be upset over another diluted, often secularized American holiday.At the same time, I do not feel entirely ashamed. Who wouldn’t get wrapped up in the cozy blanket we call Christmas? It is only natural to want to celebrate such a holiday, minus the shopping and stress.

Christmas is the only time I get to see my father’s side of the family. It is time off from school and work, when we get to reflect on what we are doing in our lives and how we affect the lives of others.

In fact, many of us choose to help others during this time. It is a time to appreciate what we have. There is not another time of the year at which I get to view the play “A Christmas Carol” with my grandmother, and bring canned food to the same theater for needy families.

In early December, my family and another close family travel to a tree farm in Arlington to select a nice noble fir. The hot cider, accompanying conversation and laughter cannot be replaced by a closer-to-home purchase. Memories like this are seldom made throughout the rest of the year.

Maybe those of us who celebrate Christmas in vain should not feel so entitled to it, but are we so wrong for embracing what we see as the most joyful time of the year? Let us praise those devout Christians for maintaining needed values to America throughout the year, but let us thank all who keep these values alive as well. For without them, Christmas would have been “humbug” this year, at least in the words of Scrooge.

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