I am aware that it only has a 1/365 chance of being the right day. I would be glad to mark a day that everyone could agree on. Everybody vote. December 25? Works for me.
I am aware that it has become commercialized to the point of being eclipsed as a spiritual milestone. Doing away with Christmas because people make money in the celebration is like doing away with medicines because the people who develop them make money. I could live with that. It might make me slightly less comfortable and shorten my life by a year or two. For you it might bring total destruction. My frustration with gifts is I am not very good at choosing them.
I am aware that it is a Christian holiday and might offend others in the community. Then why do so many of them celebrate it? Why do Jews put up Christmas trees. Why do Buddhists hang stockings? Why do atheists watch Charlie Brown’s Christmas?
I am aware that Joseph probably looked more like Yasser Arafat than Justin Bieber. It does not bother me at all that African Christians portray a black infant or in Tokyo He looks Japanese. The Bible says He created man in His image, male and female. It doesn’t say He created us red and yellow, black and white.
In spite of that I still celebrate the incarnation.
(Galatians 4:4 KJV) But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law,We went to a Christmas Eve service. It was a truly Christian event because it not only presented the birth narratives; it also presented the Gospel and John 3:16.
So I send you the appropriate greeting. Take your pick or add your own.
Radiant Incarnation Day
Happy Week before New Years Day
Happy Who-Ever-Heard-of-it-before-20-Years-Ago Kwanza
Bah Humbug, in the most warm and gracious way
______________ (Insert your person touch)
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