Monday, 16 November 2009

Merry Christmas

I was talking to someone yesterday who will be glad when Christmas is over. I said think of the children but her children have grown up. Her opinion, of course is what happens if you put the emphasis on commercialising Christmas. In this case it isn't about Christ. It's not about exchanging presents. It's not about bank holidays. It's about spending money. If you are not a Christian it is easy to see Christmas as a commercial venture and even as a Christian there is no getting away from the importance of the business side of Christmas.

I have started to hear Christmas music in the shops but I shouldn't be surprised because Bonfire Night has been and gone. I understand that the lights went on in Lancaster yesterday and we even had someone from Britain's Got Talent to switch them on. So it is obviously still very important to some! It would be nice to have a Christmas that has a Hollywood sentiment like those seen in A Christmas Carol or It's a Wonderful Life, but from my conversation it seems much more likely that Christmas will be a time for consumerism.

Change the world (and Merry Christmas).

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