As I was listening today to all the Christmas music bombarding my mind at the flower shop, this discussion came back to mind. As I pondered some of these songs, I thought to myself, "some of them aren't all too bad in and of themselves." However, the spirit of Christmas is not the same as the Holy Spirit. The spirit of Christmas according to most people is the sentiment that causes us to think, "how sad! or how sweet!" as we hear songs like "Christmas shoes" or "I'll be home for Christmas." By the way, if you aren't home for Christmas, the song creates sorrow within one's heart. (I've been there.) That is part of the problem, isn't it? Many people cannot and do not experience those desired sentiments, so those unfufilled sentiments create disappointment and anguish. In a slightly different sense, I wonder what an inhabitant of the Sahara Desert thinks when they hear the song (if they hear the song) "Winter Wonderland."
If, however, we sought the Holy Spirit for Christmas, he would reveal the truth of Jesus Christ to us. We could experience joy if we pondered, "God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son..." If we meditated on the mystery of God becoming man, we could marvel at the humility of God. Just think - the one who created the world became a baby. Then think, why? The sentimentality of Christmas steals from the magnificent truths of Christmas. A little sentiment might not be all that bad, but the marvelous truths of Jesus, who can top? So I say, "Bah Humbug" to the sentiment of Christmas, but shout, "What an awesome God!" to the truth of Christmas.