First posted on December 25, 2010.
At the dinner table this week, we were discussing the secularization of Christmas. My “indescribably beautiful” (and intelligent) wife suggested we should have two celebrations: a “winter holiday” for the masses who are more into Santa and materialism, and Christmas, for Christians. While I understand her desire to keep the Christian holiday truly holy, I have to disagree.
I believe keeping the two emphases, secular and sacred, together makes it possible for those who are not particularly interested in what happened in a manger two millennia ago to be touched by God through the longings he places in our hearts for the Good, the True, and the Beautiful.