January 8, 2010

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What happened to Christmas?

Once again, Christmas has come and gone with little mention of what it is all about.

Each year, I see more laxity in the religious celebration of Christmas. There are fewer outdoor Nativity scenes, fewer Christmas songs on the radio, TV and in the stores, and fewer Christmas cards mailed.

What we hear more about is parties. These parties should be held after Christmas, not during Advent.

Advent is a time to prepare for the coming of Jesus. This should be accomplished by prayer, and helping the elderly and needy with a visit or phone call.

It would help if we heard from the pulpit, at the beginning of Advent, what is required during this holy season.

All through Advent, we should spend more time praying. People say they don’t have time to pray. Yes, they do. They spend countless hours watching TV, on their computers, at parties and at sporting events. Why not allocate just a portion of that time to prayer? Our country needs prayer more now than ever before.

And if we got everyone believing in Christmas and celebrating it the right way, we would have a good start in turning this country around.

- Al Scheller, Elizabethtown

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