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Monday, December 03, 2007

Oh, boy! Christmas!

I'm working on this theory. It's not completely worked out yet, but it's based on something my wife said the other day. She was indicating that her five- and six-year-old students were really looking forward to Christmas. No big surprise, you say? She's a teacher of English as a Second Language, and most of her students are Muslims.

My point is that I'm wondering if Christmas, even in its secular form of snowflakes and Santa, is becoming an interfaith holiday. Perhaps both sides in the so-called "War on Christmas" should call a truce. That some people experience Christmas without it being Christ Mass is OK. That to say Merry Christmas to one of indeterminate faith is OK.

I was reading something called ADVENT-ure, and it suggested that the evergreen tree is a sign of the eternal life of Jesus. I want to say "well, whatever". I'm just hoping that people can find peace on earth, whatever their faith. And if people of different faiths, or no faith, can find joy in the Christian season of Advent, what's wrong with that?
We went by this store last weekend with a sign that read "Place your Christmas order NOW!" For whatever reason, I imagine a drill sergeant bellowing, "ORDER THAT GIFT CARD!" "WRAP THOSE PRESENTS!" "SEND THOSE CARDS! NOW!"
I think I'd be drummed out of my choir if I didn't mention this: First Presbyterian Church Albany presents its annual Advent Vespers Sunday, December 9 at 7:30 pm.

FPC's Chancel Choir and Orchestra present Francesco Durante's Magnificat, as well as two orchestral offerings - Christmas Concerto Grosso by Francesco Manfredini, and Weinachten by Max Reger.


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