Thursday, November 18, 2010
The Naughty or Nice Christmas List - What do you Think?
The American Family Association has published its Naughty or Nice Christmas List for 2010. This list highlights companies that: Use the word "Christmas" on a regular basis, use the word "Christmas" infrequently, or sparingly (or not at all.) After reading over the list, I was a little surprised by the companies that are more "Christmas" friendly than others. Home Depot didn't make any of the lists. I suppose that's because a large number of Christians are boycotting them. I knew that Hobby Lobby would be on the nice list because they play Christian music in the store most of the time.
Personally, I don't like to celebrate Christmas much. Don't jump at me yet. I don't like to celebrate the worldly holiday that Christmas is all around the world. I DO celebrate Christ - the fact that he was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, and died on a cross for the sins of mankind. I celebrate the fact that He rose on the third day and appeared to His disciples and many others. I celebrate the fact that He ascended to Heaven and is now preparing a place for those who believe and trust in Him. I celebrate the fact that He's coming again to take His bride home.
I DON'T celebrate Santa. I don't celebrate giving gifts at this time too well, but I'm trying for my family's sake. I loathe putting up a Christmas tree each year. I appreciate only a handful of Christmas movies.
I'm a scrooge! Really, though, I don't think that using or not using the word "Christmas" by the world is a big deal. The big deal is that many, many people are perishing and don't know it. Their souls are dying because they don't know the Savior of the world, Christ Himself. His name isn't "Christmas." It's "Emmanual" - God with us. That's what we should celebrate. And that's a Name we should never be ashamed to say. If we do, He says He'll be ashamed of us before His Father in Heaven.
What I'd like to know is: Do you really care whether stores use the word "Christmas" in their Christmas advertising and in the physical stores?