Wednesday letters: Christmas now a gala of spending

December 25, 2013 

— Cindi Scoppe’s excellent and balanced Dec. 15 column, “The war on Advent,” is a concise but in-depth analysis of the fight of secularism vs. Christianity about the Advent of our Lord. Christmas has been made into a gala of spending that benefits the economy but impoverishes the spiritual meaning of the season.

Giving presents is putatively derived from the gifts — gold, frankincense and myrrh — the Magi gave to the baby Jesus. These gifts were acknowledging the deity, the priesthood and the coming suffering of our Lord. They were symbolic but of insignificant inherent value.

The 40 days of the Advent lent were a period of devotion and prayer in preparation to receiving one person of the Trinity, the Savior Jesus Christ.

Gradually, over the last six decades, the true meaning of Christmas has been supplanted by the commercial advantage for the economy. Sadly, this has been noted through the type of music piped through the department stores. True Christmas carols have been replaced by Christmas songs with no relationship to Christianity. Now there is a strong movement led by atheists to “get Christ out of Christmas.” Where will end God only knows.

Saba E. Demian, M.D.

Columbia

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