by RI Editors
Karen Austin at Segullah has a post up about her celebration of Christmas. She says:
What I’m resisting is the omnipresent invitations to elevate every aspect of my life into an art form worthy of the cover of Martha Stewart’s Living. In response, I take my cue from Bartleby, Melville’s anti-hero. He sidesteps the expectations of others with the simple-yet-insistent statement, “I prefer not to.”
Every December we face the onslaught of commercialism, busyness, and the expectations of children, extended family, church, school, and self. Every December numerous people write about finding Christ in Christmas. How ironic.
As academics have long gently pointed out, even the nativity story that we tell is a cultural construct with little relation to the actual events surrounding our Lord’s humble birth. What effect does it have on our celebration of his birth and life to remember it wrong?
- As we enter the Christmas season in full force today, what special considerations will you and your family give to Keeping Christmas?
- What ideas can you share with others about preventing worldly forces from stripping you of the time, energy, and spiritual focus that preserve a humble celebration of our Lord’s birth and life?
Image credit: painting by James Christensen “Hold to the Rod, the Iron Rod”