… fa lalala la, lala la la!
I usually feel like King Canute at this time of the year – raising my arms, seeking to hold back the relentless tide of Christmas festivities washing tsunami like over the beaches of Advent – the “little Lent” – the season of preparation, reflection and fasting. My church folk, Christmas decorations in hand, have regarded me quizzically when I go into one of my “It’s not Christmas yet” rants, shrugging their shoulders as if thinking “How odd – another one of his eccentricities!” as they set about decorating halls and singing carols. And me – I’m thick into the round of “end-of-year” parties (I refuse to call them Christmas parties ‘cos it’s not Christmas yet!) and – just to demonstrate my inconsistency – shamelessly promote The Christmas Bowl – a seasonal fund raiser for the aid arm of the National Council of Churches.
So this year I’ll mellow out a little. Some battles you throw in order to win bigger ones.
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As a dedicated Christian soldier (to the hilt), I refuse to capitulate in any battle. To do so would be a forfeiture of my moral obligation to advance the agenda that I have been baptized to uphold. Peace be upon you 🙂
Well, my wife just said, “It’s alright for you men – someone has to stock up, prepare Christmas dinner, organise cards etc etc.”
At such times, throwing a battle is strategic withdrawal! 🙂
I’m glad to see that I am not the only one who refuses to call them “Christmas parties” and calls them “end of year parties”, but how long before we are accused of being part of “the war on Christmas”, and told that we have sold out to “political correctness”?