LETTER TO THE EDITOR: What has Christmas become — can we get back?
Christmas used to be about peace on earth and goodwill to man. Now, the “holiday season” is characterized by revelers looking for fun, shoppers looking for bargains and bums looking for handouts. Apparently, drunkenness, greed and violence have replaced peace and goodwill among human aspirations and virtues.
The nasty reality is obscured by comic characters, featuring Santa Clause, Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer and Frosty the Snowman. Sentimental and political distractions also abound.
I’m tired of it and have tried to take Jesus out of the holidays and move Him back into my heart, my home and my church. I send no Christmas cards, exchange no gifts, attend no parties and give no handouts to bell-ringers.
In my daily life, I try to obey God and Lord and trust Him as Father. I fail often and sin much, but I keep trying. I pray to Him daily sing his praises and join my fellow Christians in Holy Communion regularly. If I know someone who needs my help, I do what I can.
Please do not misunderstand me. I have nothing to brag about. I am only describing options available to a “happy-holidays-dropout” who wants to be more like the Lord Jesus.
— John Ribar, Fort Wayne