Merry Christmas: Remember the babe in the manger today

The Gazette editorial Published: December 25, 2013 | 12:00 am 0

Almost everyone knows the story. A young couple are on their way to Bethlehem to pay their taxes when suddenly the woman goes into labor. There is no room anywhere for them to stay so they find shelter in a barn-like structure - a manger. And there, surrounded by animals and kings, the Bible tells us the son of God, Jesus Christ was born. He was a miracle child, sent to save the world from sin.

The real story of love and sacrifice begins then. And that is why we celebrate on Christmas. It's really that simple but also very complex. If you believe, this is a day of celebration of the birth of Christ.

Thousands of years later, most of us have lost sight of that moment in the manger and its meaning.

There is actually a "war" on Christmas.

You know we have a problem when Congress gets involved. A bipartisan group of three dozen members of Congress, led by Colorado's own Doug Lamborn, is sponsoring a resolution before the House of Representatives defending Christmas, according to ABC News.

The lawmakers introduced the two-page resolution in an effort to "strongly [disapprove] of attempts to ban references to Christmas."

The resolution is in response to multiple recent thefts of Nativity scenes, statues, and other symbols of Christmas. Some Nativity scenes also have been banned, most Christmas cards don't mention Christ and many Americans are afraid to even utter "Merry Christmas."

In the last 20 years America has changed. Politically correct behavior has made many inroads on the religious aspects of Christmas. It's no longer as much a religious holiday as it is a school holiday or a commercial extravaganza of buying and bargain hunting. We are more likely to be found in the mall on Christmas Eve than at a midnight Mass.

What that has done to the Christmas holiday is one of the most tragic modernizations of our time.

Children no longer wait in wonder to see what Santa may have on his sleigh. They send email lists of what they want with precise specifications.

Amazon.com even plans to send presents by drones - completely shattering any myths about reindeers and jolly old men.

Lamborn's resolution may sound like a unique idea, but in actuality there is a reason for concern. Though a congressional resolution may have merit, only cultural change will move us in a more traditional direction.

If we aren't careful, this holiday will only get less Christmas-like and more commercial.

So on Christmas, whatever your plans are, take a moment to remember the babe in the manger and the real reason for the holiday.

It's about joy and miracles.

Merry Christmas.

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