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Christmas in October!

By , November 19, 2013 4:48 am

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It started in October! Maybe I should appreciate it but I don’t! During the last week of October, we all began to see the sudden appearances of Santa Claus and the availability of Christmas trees with the electric lights already on them. Although the end of October was warm, icicles were everywhere. The merchant community is certainly eager to get started into the Christmas season. The only thing missing in all of this is any message or any word about Jesus of Nazareth.

I am not surprised about any of this. In many businesses, retail sales at Christmas represent more than half of the sales for the whole year. I am just surprised that they start so early. When I was a kid Christmas advertising always started the day after Thanksgiving. If this process continues, do you think we will be having icicles and reindeer by the 4th of July?

This period of the year dramatically reflects some of the differences between religious and secular society. Interestingly enough, the target date for both is the same – Christmas Day.
All of us are living in both environments simultaneously. The business community is really hustling to get as much over the counter sales as possible. It all ends on December 25th. The followers of Jesus are quietly and prayerfully anticipating his arrival where everything begins.

On December 26th the upended Christmas tree will be in the garbage container and the followers of Jesus have begun to joyfully celebrate Gods’ love for the human family and for each and every one of us.
Each of us should ask ourselves which environment dominates our own daily life.

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