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December 17, 2012
Mike Tennant

Two recent CONTEXT episodes visited subjects that have dominated the greater Media conversation this month.

Consuming Christmas revisited, and challenged the $30 billion Christmas industry;  End of Days explored the attraction to apocalyptic thinking using the now-well-known Mayan “End Times” prognostication as a touch point.  (Actually, scholars concur that the Mayans meant “end of the era,” but let’s not let that spoil the fun.)  

Apocalypse… and Christmas consumerism?  You have but to visit your local Mega-Mall this week to appreciate how the two share a common postal code.  One is about chaos, upheaval, tribulation, wailing and gnashing of teeth, the other comes from the ancient Mayans.

Unless you own a Best Buy franchise, it’s hard not to be challenged (or annoyed- it’s a fine line) by Aiden Enns’ appeal to move away from a dependence on commerce and gifts as an expression of Christian love. And to separate the celebration of Christ’s birth from our mad scramble for the “warm fuzzies” of Christ-mas.  To that end, let me be a voice in the wilderness:

It’s time for Christians to give up on Christmas.  

No, no, no, no.

No!  I’m not saying give up the Christmas as we know it.  I’m saying:  let’s stop trying to convince the secular world that December 25th is about Jesus Christ.  ‘Cause frankly, those three ships have sailed.  The Christmas holy day has long since become a holiday.

Let’s instead pick a time when we can celebrate Christ’s birth when there isn’t so much noise and frenzy and mutant customs.  How about February?  Everybody thinks it needs a holiday.  June- it could use one.  How ‘bout mid-November?  Or tomorrow?

Or right now.  

My $.02?  Let go of the day.  Hang on to the God.

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Mike Tennant is a bestselling author, broadcaster, and Supervising Producer of CONTEXT.

[Photo cutline:]  This spot marks the traditional birthplace of Jesus Christ, below what is now the Church of the Nativity, Bethlehem.  Photo:  Lisa Klassen



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