A Green Christmas

I sit, momentarily pausing to look out near by open window, quietly praying that it will begin to snow. Verging the hour of midnight on Christmas Eve, in Salt Lake City, and it is a cool 48 degrees. The still air surrounds my home as I glare across the empty silent valley, barren, snowless…

Only hours previous to this I sat at the SLC Evfree Church’s annual Christmas Eve Candle Light Service, listening to the joyous noise of the children’s Christmas Pageant. Listening in on a sermon about how in Job 3 the entire reason for why one needs Christmas, the whole problem of pain. Odd, how he continued a series on Job at Christmas, although fitting concerning that Christmas is the beginning to the end of pain.

Which brings me to a new point. Distortion. Have you ever sat back and just watched how the world has distorted what Christmas is? It pains me to see the commercialization of Christmas, taking the image of the baby Jesus and Angels singing on high – proclaiming the glory of God. And transferring that glory to an overweight man in a red suit, with little “elves” that do his work for him? What has this world come to? Has every religious and true icon in this world gone amuck? People would now rather lie to their children telling them of some glutton that comes down the chimney each Christmas, rather than tell them the real meaning for it? Christ is the only reason for the Christmas season. No, not the presents, the family reunions, the food, the travel, the time off school, and most defiantly not a fat guy “giving” you gifts. I never understood, why parents would expose their child something so asinine, so vulgar as santa, then years later break them by telling them the truth, that they lied. Santa does not exist. Why not, this season, just leave this whole santa trash behind and get back to the truth of the season… The birth of the man who would grow up, and then die for everything that you have ever done. Hmmm, try that one on for size…