Christmas is a holiday, indeed the world’s most joyous holiday. It is
called a “holiday” because the day is holy. It is a day when
businesses close, when families gather, when churches are filled, and
when soldiers put down their guns for a 24-hour truce. It is a day that
differs from every other day.
Every generation has its abundance of Scrooges. The church is full of
them. We hear endless complaints of commercialism. We are constantly
told to put Christ back into Christmas. We hear that the tradition of
Santa Claus is a sacrilege. We listen to those acquainted with history
murmur that Christmas isn’t biblical. The Church invented Christmas to compete with the ancient Roman festival honoring the bull-god Mithras, the nay-sayers complain. Christmas? A mere capitulation to paganism.