Christmas, God in the World, and Evangelization
N.B.: This essay is written from a Catholic perspective. Also, it’s very lengthy.
Well, folks, this is it. Today’s the big today. Today is Christmas. Certainly the most joyful day of the year. We associate it with feelings of charity and good will, of merriment and mirth. It’s a time we spend with our families, giving gifts and being thankful. And yet…
… To this day, we have been debating the meaning of this holiday for years. As I stated in my previous essay (“Adjusting to Santa”), one of the great struggles of the Christian is the conflict between the spiritual and the secular, the City of God and the City of Men. At no point in the year is this stronger than at Christmas. Other Christian holidays have felt the effects of secularization (including the Feast of Saint Valentine, All Saints’ Eve, and even the Solemnity of Easter), but none have felt the extent of secularization and commercialization as much as Christmas has.