It was with some huffing and puffing that I made my way into a too- busy, bustling supermarket to buy a basketful of Christmas cards last week.
I wiped my brow, took a deep breath and battled through the minefield of all things sparkly and bright in an attempt to find ‘religiously themed cards’. I couldn’t see zip. I wasn’t surprised. Of almost every supermarket I had visited that week, none had had cards depicting the nativity scene or even of the Magi trecking to Bethlehem. I could find any number of imaginatively dressed (and even undressed) santa’s…. there was a scrum for the cute kitty cards and the saucy snowmen cards were in no short supply either…..but could I find a single card depicting and celebrating Christ’s birth ?
Thoroughly defeated,I bevvied for an opening between the ladies and gents ammassed in the heaving store and I feverishly began to pull the boxes crammed with santa cards off the shelves (must have loooked like a crazed atheist for a while there!) so that I could search behind the cards on show…and what do you think I eventually found? Yup, box after box of religiously themed Christmas cards, hidden away from sight! Because yep, that’s about right isn’t it? Let’s just take Christ completely out of Christmas eh?
Later that evening I thought about the struggle I’d had to find my cards, and for a moment I wondered if it was worth it….and then I thanked God for all the wonderful people that he has placed in my life, I thanked God for the people who love me and whom I love, I thanked Him that he has given me another Christmas with my loved ones, that He has placed old friends and new in my life, I thanked Him that I worship at a parish I call home and that I am always greeted with a smile and a warm welcome, I thank Him for my friends, real and cyber, and yes, it is most definately worth it. Join me in making a wise choice with your money when it comes to purchasing your Christmas cards this year, I for one, refuse to take Christ out of Christmas and I’m sure that many of my Christian friends around the world are also increasingly horrified that their local superstores attempt to similarly blot out our God and to have us all sending ‘happy winterfest cards’, aren’t you?