Freeing the Saints from Their Hallmark Holidays

by Christine Sine

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Well here it is the article that many of you have been waiting for .  It was written for the current edition of the Seed Sampler.  Enjoy

“Robyn was angry and confused. She had just discovered that her much-beloved roly-poly red-robed Santa Claus was a marketing ploy invented in the early 20th century by Coca Cola to encourage consumerism. She was angry, because she had been duped by the commercialization of what should be the most meaningful season of the year. She was confused, because she didn’t know how to break the news to her kids that Santa Claus wasn’t real without destroying their faith in her honesty. ‘I hate Christmas,’ she told me. ‘I eat too much, drink too much and rush from one store to another, afraid that I forgot to buy a gift for someone important. The fact that we are celebrating the birth of Christ hardly even registers on my screen.’

“When Christmas is over, how many of us look back with the same sense of betrayal that Robyn experienced? There is no greater contrast between the world’s focus at this season and its Christian meaning. What should be an opportunity to model and teach simplicity and the tenets of our Christian faith to our children and to the world around us has become one of the greatest displays of materialism and consumerist values.”

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