Why is Christmas So Anti-Christ?

Snowmen:  What do they have to do with Christmas?
It's quite hard to find Christmas cards that depict the real meaning of Christmas in 2010.

Never one to be organised, I've just managed to send off some cards, but it took me a few shops to discover a box of cards with an image that reflected something about the Incarnation.

Two shops on London Road, one called Card Factory, for Heaven's sake, didn't have a single Christmas card with imagery which we would understand reflect the birthday of Our Saviour.

Loads of snowmen, loads of Santas, loads of trees, lots of wintery scenes, mistletoe and maybe, if you're lucky, a wreath here or there, but when it actually comes to a visual representation of the Nativity, which is at the very heart of the great Feast of Christmas, it is very hard to find. It's almost as if the World cannot cope with the enormity of the event, the huge spiritual implications of remembering Salvation History and looking forward to the End of History, so that, much like in Easter (which is obviously about bunnies, chicks and chocolate eggs) it has to concoct something else that walks beside Him, but never dares to meet Him.

Of course, we can say that Father Christmas is a bi-product of St Nicholas of Myra and it may even be true. We can say that Christmas trees contain Christian symbolism and that they are a bi-product of St Boniface because he cut down the tree of Thor in order to disprove the legitimacy of the Norse gods to the local German tribe and saw a fir tree growing in the roots of the old oak, and it may even be true. We can say that an Advent wreath is a Christian tradition that symbolizes the passage of the four weeks of Advent and it may even be true.

Not many of these cards are sold...
We can say all this and can do all this and manage to gloss over, quite frighteningly, with such great ease, the birth of the Son of God, in a stable, born of the Blessed Virgin at a particular moment in human history. If you like, here in the West, we enjoy all of the bi-products of the Church's tradition during Christmas, except that of St Francis of Assisi, who is credited with the creation of the first Nativity scene in 1223. He, obviously, saw Christmas very much for what it was and what it still is. Still, he wasn't really interested in the bi-products of Christmas either. His eyes were ever fixed on the Babe who was born, to die, for him. It was, as was everything for St Francis, an aid to contemplating the Divine.

Ironically, it is the naffness of the modern Christmas, the profound, zealously commercial vulgarity of Christmas that decides that Christmas is about everything else but Christ, that ends up turning me off even putting up a tree or placing any decorations up and doing anything in the flat save for buying a small nativity scene.

Modern Western civilisation cannot cope with even the idea that Almighty God became a Baby and that wise men or Magi worshipped Him, cannot cope with remembering that God became Man, cannot cope with, well, Christmas, so it has to turn it into a kind of secular festive holiday and, well, cash in gratuitously. Haven't the media being saying sales are down this Christmas because of the dire economic crises with which we are afflicted? Oh, how terrible! The nation isn't buying loads of expensive stuff for family and friends because they're in debt?! Oh well, never mind. There is more to life, and more to Christmas, indeed, than money. The Gospels tell us that the Holy Family were dependent upon charity even for the Blessed Virgin to find somewhere, which was not particularly sanitary, to give birth and she, yes, she certainly meditated upon the real meaning of Christmas, for she held it in her arms and looked at Him, face to face!

Jesus is the 'reason for the season'! So, bah...

Comments

Physiocrat said…
Make your own, put them on a USB stick and get them printed at a shop eg Colourstream. Much less expensive too. Then you can choose your own image.
I tried that on Adobe Indesign but I knew that it wouldn't end up getting it done.
Physiocrat said…
Just export it as a jpeg. 1500 x 2100 is 5 by 7 inches, fold in half and it makes a nice card.

If you make a template you can use it every year.
Mike said…
Probaly too late for this year but I solved this problem by buying my Christmas cards from Aid to the Church in Need:

http://www.acnuk.org/products.php/category/62/christmas-cards

You get CHRISTMAS cards and contribute to a good Church cause.
epsilon said…
Lawrence - sorry it's much worse than Christmas cards without the Christ

I've never come across this before but it's been going on for the last decade or so:

http://allthelittleepsilons.blogspot.com/2010/12/this-showed-up-as-early-as-1st-december.html 2004 (maybe it was brought out even earlier)
sanabituranima said…
Another option, although it's to late this year, is to order cards from Aid the the Church in Need. Doing this also helps poor and persecuted Christians.
tom said…
Epsilon - That Christ version of Halo is a fan's mock-up, not the offical game. I suppose you have to put all this in context - there are very few Christians left in this country, fewer still who really care. Hence, no one sells Christ cards. If people wanted them, shops would sell them. People don't, so shops don't bother. I mean, it's like me complaining I can't get a Zeus card, if enough people wanted to look at that myth, they would sell the cards