if youre going to cirticize it..
ok so be it..
i just wonder if it reallly hasnt touched your heart (like it touched mine)
There's no need to shout at us. Further, I need to ask: Are non-Christian people also allowed to reflect upon this letter? What really puzzles, nay, perplexes me...well, maybe just makes me wonder...is the poll at the start asking 'Do you believe that Jesus is your true savior'.
From my understanding of it, the true meaning of Christmas is
reflected in gift giving...when it is done from the heart, without the 'hey, what'd ya get me?' thinking. There are many people who celebrate Christmas as a the birthday of Jesus, you just aren't looking hard enough to find them. Maybe a trip past a local Church during the Advent season will help you locate them.
Are there those who are only into the tinsel and trinkets? Sure. Such is life, and the bottom line is that the Jesus you speak of would know that he is being remembered on a daily basis by millions. Believe you me, if people really didn't remember what Christmas is all about there would be no Christmas trees, gift giving, card sending, caroling or any other thing at this time of year. It would be just another day to head off to the office or school or where-ever. Just because there isn't a supposed pile of gifts for Jesus does not mean he has been over-looked. People who serve meals at homeless shelters, give coats to those who do not have, provide shelter for those who have lost their homes, give presents to children who might otherwise have nothing, talk with the sad eyed stranger sitting on a park bench, hold the hand of the lonely person dieing in the hospital, read a book to the blind person, wash the body of the infirmed...without thought of monetary reward, shovel the snow off the stairs and walkway for the man in a wheelchair...again with no thought of money.., and countless other deeds, these people are all in their own way celebrating Christmas or at least a remembrance of a Higher Being (God, Jehovah or whatever name you choose) with their actions...if they did not believe in Christmas in some way then they would stay at home with a bucket of chicken and ribs and scarf down food all day while sports games were being shown on television.
Then there is me...I do not give gifts out on Christmas. I do not send cards. I do not go to Church. I do however look at December 25 as a day for remembering. I treat it as a day to thank God. Come to think of it that is what I try to do most days...Thank God. For what? Oh, the little treasures and pleasures that make up my life. I take Christmas Day as a day to remember that there have been various people through the ages who have made it their life work to connect other mortals to a spiritual path. Guess I had better dress warm since Jesus won't let me in the door.
The Jesus you portray in your letter. He sounds like a bitter and resentful old guy. "OOOH you didn't invite me to your party so I'm having my own and if you don't answer me just the way I want, I'm gonna throw a hissy fit and make you stand outside
." Oddly the Jesus I used to hear about in Church School lessons wasn't that spiteful. That Jesus would have been disappointed if people did not answer the invite, but would have left the door open for all to enter who wanted to...with or without gifts. That Jesus would be welcoming even to the most despised person in town.