ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

It's Time for Christians to Take Back Christmas: A Modest Proposal

Updated on April 2, 2015

It's time Christians take back Christmas. Every year, the grumbling can be heard in the background, "What does all this rush, Santa, trees, gifts -- consumerism -- have to do with Christmas?" Many folks then attempt to try to make it all connect and meaningful -- this author included -- in some tidy, eloquent way.

Then there are those who say, "Let's just keep the Spirit of Christmas alive in our hearts through all this. We know what Christmas is all about even if 'THEY' don't."

Regardless of the gymnastics believers go through, the simple fact of the matter is this: Christians have lost control of Christmas. Consumerism has overtaken it and has become critical -- not just to the holiday, but to the overall economy. It's not called "Black Friday" for nothing. Christmas gift giving, receiving, exchanging, entertaining -- and the money required to make it all happen -- is a vital component of our economy and, hence, our American way of life. Without Christmas holiday spending, our economy would collapse. Remember '08 & '09?

Due to this symbiotic relationship, all the consumerism attached to Christmas is here to stay. Christians need to understand and accept this. But it doesn't mean they -- we -- have to put up with it. There is a way for Christians to take back Christmas without upsetting the whole applecart. In fact, it is possible to make the holiday even grander.

Consumerism and Christmas are not inherent enemies. They can co-exist quite comfortably because they are two different species. Christmas is all about belief. Consumerism is all about lifestyle.

The problem is, the two have become entangled and, therefore, both have taken on identities that are not inherently their own. They have both been soiled by their interrelationship. So let's unsoil them. Let's free them from an interaction that is ultimately unhealthy for them both.

Let's separate consumerism and Christmas.

Sound impossible? It's actually much easier than one might think. Here's how it could work:

Restore Christmas and the purity of its message to what it is -- a religious, sacred day for Christians. Give it back to us so we can celebrate the wonder and glory of the Creator's gift to us. Keep in on the 25th just because, but make it all about the manger and God's love.

After Christmas, on the 28th of December -- halfway between Christmas and New Years -- we will now have a uniquely secular celebration: Appreciation Day. On this day, we show our appreciation for those in our lives who make it all better, nicer and more fun. For them, we show our love and appreciation through the giving of gifts. Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Agnostic, Atheist -- it doesn't matter. If we appreciate them, we gift them. Pure. Simple.

Now what we will have is a consumer holiday that puts positive meaning into the act of buying and giving gifts and a Christmas holiday that is free to regain its glory and message. An added bonus is this arrangement now helps provide Jews the space they need to celebrate Chanukah on their terms.

The trees, Santa, reindeer? They all move to the 28th -- Appreciation Day. We can all decorate with lights and fall foliage because we're all showing appreciation for all that gives us joy.

The manger, wise men, the star -- those symbols regain their purity and the message of peace and good will due to the birth of Jesus.

What's surprising is how easy it would be to implement such a change. All that need happen is for Christians to take back Christmas. Celebrate the 25th as the day of Christ's birth. Celebrate the 28th as the day to show appreciation for those in your life by giving gifts.

There doesn't need to be an act of Congress. There doesn't need to be a movement in need of contributions. All that's needed is a simple shift of focus, a minor change in behavior... and timing.

Free Christmas to be Christmas and consumerism to be consumerism. Their new relationship will cause both to thrive.

So what do you say, fellow Christians? Are you ready to make things right by taking back Christmas?


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • wrytre profile imageAUTHOR


      2 years ago from Hollywood, CA

      You know exactly why I wrote this...

      I appreciate your viewpoint and thank you for taking the time to read and comment.

      You are more enlightened than most....

    • celafoe profile image


      3 years ago from From Kingdom of God living on Planet earth in between the oceans

      you are talking to the members of the "church system" for sure as true followers (disciples) of Christ know all this is foolishness of men.

      Why would a Christian want to "take back" something that is not theirs? Why would a CHristian want to bring into their life something that is inherently evil and was bastardized by the catholic church (which is NOT Christian) as part of their beliefs to keep people from leaving the church. The basis of xmas is the most evil of all licentious, anti Christian, wild sexually perverted of holidays of them all.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)