Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Did we cancel Christmas?
As I have been walking up and down Main Streets, I realized that I wasn't seeing the lights and decorations that I expected. I was missing the joyful shoppers, hurrying with their arms full of packages and contented smiles on their faces. I was even missing the incessant Christmas carols oozing out of every possible auditory device. I walk past stores with their windows plastered with "Huge Sale" signs, but hardly an elf or reindeer in sight. All of this raises the critical question, "How did the Grinch get us?" I have been thinking that it's time to shake ourselves out of these doldrums. It's time to find that special, indefinable something that is the essence of Christmas, the thing deeper than cash and presents, the thing that in the face of everything will help us affirm that we will confront these times in solidarity and joy.