Has Christmas Died?

Has Christmas Died?



“Forget public Nativity scenes, as court fiat commanded us to do years ago. On Fifth Avenue this year you can’t even find dear old Santa Claus. Or his elves. Christmas past has become Christmas gone.”

The Year Christmas Died, by Daniel Henninger, recently appeared in the Wall Street Journal.  As I was contemplating the meaning of Christmas and how everyone seems afraid to utter the words Merry Christmas this year, I thought I would share this sad reflection of what Christmas has become for many people.

Mr. Henninger wrote: “To be sure, the magnificent Rockefeller Center Christmas tree still stands, and directly across on Fifth Avenue is St. Patrick’s Cathedral, its facade washed and hung with a big green wreath. But walk up or down the famous avenue this week and what you and your children will see is not merely Christmas scrubbed, but what one can only describe as the anti-Christmas.”

I realize that Christmas almost didn’t happen 2000 years ago, but that doesn’t mean we should remove it from our life and practices.  There was Herod, the long trip for Joseph and Mary, the Christ child being born in a stable, and other obstacles.  The reality, however, is that it did happen, the Christ child, the Son of God was born of a Virgin to come to save the world.  It is truly sad when you think and read how others are trying to dummy down this great Feast of our Faith into some kind of holiday with no earth shattering consequence.

Christ is born my friends… Glory Him!  Go to Church this Feast Day and worship with your family and friends.  Shout it from the housetops for all to hear.  Merry Christmas, Christ is born.

I would be interested to learn of your thoughts after your read the article.

Fr. Christopher



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Fr. Chris Metropulos

Shaped by a life of service to Christ’s Church, Fr. Christopher has dedicated himself to using all the tools God has placed at his disposal to spread the light of Orthodoxy across America. As Founding Father and host of the Orthodox Christian Network (OCN) and the “Come Receive The Light” national Orthodox Christian radio program, he shepherds a dynamic and rapidly expanding ministry bringing joy, hope, and salvation in Jesus Christ to millions of listeners on Internet and land-based radio around the world in more than 130 countries. Fr. Christopher is the former President of Hellenic College Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology and Parish Priest of Saint Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.