Letter to the Editor: Some suggestions
BY Randi Eldevik, Stillwater
Friday, January 18, 2013
1/18/13 at 7:31 AM
OK, if people are concerned about a "war on Christmas," here's what they can do next year: Attend a Christmas worship service at church. At home, read aloud from the Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke. Confine merry-making to the actual 12 days of Christmas (Dec. 25 through Jan. 5). Don't disrupt the quiet holiness and solemnity of the Advent season (the four weeks before Christmas) with premature Christmas celebrations. Instead, put Advent devotions into practice.
If an event, such as a parade, is called a "Christmas" event but takes place in Advent, boycott it. Boycott any parade that calls itself a "Christmas parade" but contains floats showing TV cartoon characters, snowmen and reindeer. All that has nothing to do with the birth of Christ.
Realize that the merchants along 71st Street, who put on the so-called "Tulsa Christmas Parade" in the middle of Advent, care nothing about Jesus; you can tell that because their spokesperson publicly stated that they don't want the parade to occur too close to Christmas. The 71st Street merchants only want you to spend money on presents for people who already have everything they need. Instead of frivolous shopping, save your money and give it to charity, as Jesus would wish.
Realize that if a group of people put their time, effort and money into putting on a parade that they call a "Holiday Parade," you don't have the naming rights - they do. Stop complaining; refrain from un-Christian spitefulness and hostility. Jesus will be pleased.
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