I never really viewed Christmas in any meaningful fashion except during times when I really thought Santa left those presents on my bed. Which is to my great surprise because like a really naive child, I thought he has a fetish for chimneys and would not care to visit a home like mine where he has to crawl through windows.
But why talk about Christmas now? We are after all celebrating Easter today. It’s because that out of the two main events on the Christian calendar, society still put more stock on a consumerism-laden Christmas day. And I think they do it to their detriment, however pure their motives for doing so may be.
Like Sivin reiterated from Archbishop Rowan Williams, Easter is much more of a journey. It’s exceedingly more profound and more difficult to face up to. But at the same time, it brings so much more to us as Christ-followers. It gives hope in unimaginable abundance. It is THE story in the Bible.
This is our greatest festival. Take Christmas away, and in biblical terms you lose two chapters in front of Matthew and Luke, nothing else. Take Easter away, and you don’t have a New Testament, you don’t have a Christianity; as Paul says, you’re still in your sins. We shouldn’t allow the secular world, with its schedules and habits and parareligious events, its cute Easter bunnies, to blow us off course. This is our greatest day. We should put the flags out.
– N.T. Wright, Surprised by Hope
Pop the champagne fellas. The festival runs for 50 days. Paint a painting, write a sonnet or plant a tree. Eat, drink and be merry.
New creation has come.