Thank you for all chiming in. I didn't expect everyone to agree at all and I have enjoyed the conversation and thoughts shared.
Well, we have spent countless dollars on 'doing' the tree every year here as well. I am very particular about my tree selection...ask Dewey and he will tell you stories about trudging through the dark tree farm with cold fingers and toes because I can't find that 'perfect tree' without heading through ALL of them first. I have a vision of what I want a tree to look like, I have a vision in my minds eye that has pretty handmade ornaments, some childhood special ornaments for each of my children, tiny lights that create a nice effect. It's all very dreamy and it brings back a lot of childhood memories for me.
For me, that tree is a problem, obviously. Sounds a bit like it could be for you, Anonymous, if you really be open and honest with yourself. You can remember those fond childhood memories without the tree. You can have wonderful family times without a tree. By saying what you did, whether that was the way you meant it or not, it does come across that you are pacing a good deal of worship and idolatry into the tree and the whole process of Christmas. Trust me -- I know it's got a draw to it. That's why we still struggle with it all. It evokes dreams of my history and of all those Currier & Ives moments in my mind.
But you mention wanting to make 'a pretty display of my childrens gifts under the tree' as being something you are going for. That's pride and vanity. It's a 'show' to those who enter your home, look over at my glittery tree, look at the gifts laid out nicely and wrapped pretty we bought for our children. It yells vanity...which in turn whispers 'idol'.
The comment about kneeling down to the toilet and not praying to it makes sense, don't get me wrong, but most Biblical stories of idolatry have little to do with bowing down to the given idol...it's mostly about the vanity and pride of those placing the idol and calling to it the worship.
I am far from a scholar in Theology and I'm probably one of the most ignorant folks you'll find when it comes to Biblical history or having a decent conversation of some depth with all of that, but I have a brain and I have a good level of comprehension and I can read. Christ never celebrated a 'birthday' and plain and simple, if it wasn't a big enough deal to point out to us in His Word, why add to it by giving him some fictitious day? Worship of a 'day' was never involved in any story of the Bible that I've read. It is man-made. We are never once called out in Scripture to connect worship of any kind to something man-made. We are only called to worship HIM.
Debi is offering me comments in the background here...God made the trees, Deanna. Yes, He did. But He never said to worship them, or anything else He created. And he didn't grow it in the middle of my living room by the front window for everyone else to see.
We have family gatherings for Christmas. We get a chance to see one another and spend family time. You can gather together any time during the year. You can visit with family and friends any time of the year. And, gathering as a family for a meal and visitation time has nothing whatsoever to do with Christ, let alone His Birthday (which isn't this time of year, as established already). There is no Christ involved in that.
We give gifts to one another to remember His Birth and the gifts brought to Him. Yeah, well, that's hardy what I've ever seen anyone doing in real life. Christmas is totally a commercial, material event in our society, hands down. There are already Christmas 'things' going on in nearly ever store. Not the music yet, but all the trees, all the decorations, the plants and pretties, and so forth. The 'season' is pushed earlier and earlier every year for businesses to make more money on a holiday that evokes worship and dreams to families all over the US and then some.
Oh wait -- I get it now.
Christ was most likely born sometime during October (given our current calendar standards) and we have pushed all the 'Christmas stuff' now to the point it is in the stores now...in October.
There. See? I connected the dots of it all. Go ahead and play with the snowmen and lights now.
As for me and my house.....
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls.
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