No dilemma at Christmas

Regarding Hannah s dilemma over feeling a hypocrite about the modern day Christmas – may I suggest a solution? Actually you do not need to feel guilty about spending good quality family time and expressing your love in the giving of gifts, I m sure they r

Regarding Hannah's dilemma over feeling a hypocrite about the modern day Christmas - may I suggest a solution? Actually you do not need to feel guilty about spending good quality family time and expressing your love in the giving of gifts, I'm sure they really don't expect expensive wrapping! However may I suggest that maybe you just find some time over Christmas to attend a carol service, where you can engage with the real significance of this special event? Not to necessarily appease your conscience, but simply to include Christ in your Christmas. Ironically we staged a children's Christmas musical today in our church to a packed audience, with the central theme that shared the message that Christmas is not necessarily about food, festivities, Santa or materialism, but as the theme song emphasised - "It's all about You" - and that's Jesus. It's about the advent or coming of God's son into a world that desperately needs the love and peace of God, even more so this year.

So please have a very enjoyable and blessed Christmas. If more people had the same concern that you clearly have, about the materialistic drift in our society at Christmas, I'm sure this would mean more will follow the trend of stepping off the treadmill and getting back to the real meaning of this special time.

Doug Moore, Letchworth


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