Post-War on Christmas -- Sightings (Martin Marty)
It is Christmas Eve. For me and my family the day will punctuated by participation in our congregation's Christmas Eve service. I of course will have a part to play in the service -- being that I am the preacher. In doing this I will do my part in affirming the "religio" part of the Christmas event. But as we all know Christmas isn't just a religious holy day, it is also a secular holiday. Apparently Bill O'Reilly has declared the War on Christmas to be over -- but from all signs it appears that the secular side of the coin may have the upper hand. White Christmas and Rudolph more likely will grab our attention than the Babe lying in the Manger. But if that is so, especially for those who have some connection to the faith, well we have only ourselves to blame. In any case, Martin Marty offers us a postmortem on the post-War on Christmas. Take a read! And of course, Have a Merry Christmas!