Friday, November 28, 2008

Pumpkin Pie

I hope you're having a good day on this Black Friday in America, which marks the beginning of the Christmas shopping season.
According to this article, some people have been letting their drive to acquire for more stuff run wild. This is really sad, and so far from what Christmas is really about.
I pray that we could keep the right focus during this Christmas season:
Behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.”
All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet: “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel”


  1. Anonymous6:27 AM

    i think people are focused on what Christmas has always been about. Besides it's not really his birthday and if he didn't wanted us to celebrate it the way we do, then he would have given us the real date, so we didn't have to make-up a fake one with the pagan holiday, which gave us Christmas!

  2. So, what you are essentially saying is that if God would have given us the real date, and we celebrated the birth of Jesus in September or whenever He was really born, then people wouldn't have turned that holiday into a consumer holiday focused on spending money we don't have for stuff that people don't really need.
    That's a very naive thought.

    The fact is that even though Jesus was most likely not actually born on Dec 25, that is the day on which Christendom celebrates His birth. I don't know about you, but when I celebrate Christmas, I am not celebrating the winter solstice - I'm celebrating the birth of Jesus, as this is what the holiday has meant since the time of Constantine.

    The fact is that western culture has put such a big emphasis on buying gifts and spending money at Christmas, that many times that is more in the focus than what we are really celebrating on that day - the coming into this world of the Messiah.

    Obviously not everyone has lost this focus, but it is sure a sign that some have, when they are trampling to death other people in their effort to buy cheap Christmas gifts...

  3. (another anonymus)8:24 AM

    ``That's a very naive thought.
    ahhhh...ha ha ha ...dear you are not really suppused to be here to educate us...It is not a naive simply a DIFFERENT thought from yours...but by no means naive..Sorry to diappoint you.

  4. I'm sorry if my tone was misunderstood. I don't intend to insult anyone's view, but I do think that it is illogical to say that if Christmas were on another day our culture wouldn't have turned it into a consumer holiday.

  5. Anonymous3:44 PM

    your tone was not misunderstood. Cause it would mean that the other one made a mistake, and he misunderstood you. The thing is that your tone was high-handed. Ya know, if i am rude, then I AM rude. It is not something that someone else misunderstands... I AM RUDE, and it is not like the other one does not get me right...

  6. Ok, so we can both agree that you are rude :)

    Please pay attention: I regret using those words and that tone - it was admittedly a bit rude - but I stick by my view.