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Keep Christ in Christmas every year

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Most people celebrate Christmas because it feels good, with holiday music, decorated trees, Santa for the children and togetherness with the family.

This time of year, every year, there are so many commercials that people get forced to spend and spend and spend some more. Then January comes and the bills start coming in, and we have not set aside enough money to pay them. Food, housing and car payments are all monthly bills to start with. It is too late to realize we were all taken in by Christmas advertising, and then we wind up with a financial hangover.

Most of the money we spend is on gifts others don't want or need, bought with money we don't have to start with. We give gifts as Christians, saying it honors Christ's birth, yet how many give Christ a gift?

Have you noticed that Christmas is so popular that even atheists and people of other religions celebrate it? If just professing Christians (I don't know how many in America, but many millions) would not be caught up in the spending frenzy, the secular businesses would suffer. The question is: Do we really honor God by all this spending at Christmas?

Someone said that if all Christians would stay away from the stores on Christmas and on Sundays, they would have to close from lack of business.

Nowhere in the Bible does Christ tells us to observe his birthday, but he tells us to observe his death and resurrection. God honors born-again Christians with eternal life, and the only tree he mentions is the "tree of life."

Christmas is a holy day, not a holiday. Let's keep Christ in our celebration this year.

Robert L. Thomas, Jackson, S.C.

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patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 12/03/07 - 04:56 am
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Mr Thomas(disclaimer: no

Mr Thomas(disclaimer: no relation), one of the good things about this country is people can still celebrate and worship as they wish, for now. With the current war on Christianity that may not be true much longer, but for now it is.

shivas
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shivas 12/03/07 - 07:42 am
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Ms. Thomas, your opponent in

Ms. Thomas, your opponent in this war is your own apathy, and the christian religion that turned inteslf into an economic machine rather than a way to let God come into a life. Mr. Thomas, you must be very miserable.

naugliberal
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naugliberal 12/03/07 - 07:56 am
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I wasn't aware there was a

I wasn't aware there was a "war on Christianity". They must be winning, they're all over TV asking for money.

The_Last_Word
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The_Last_Word 12/03/07 - 10:05 am
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Mr. Thomas, A very good

Mr. Thomas, A very good letter. The world tends to confuse religion with true Christianity. Believers in Christ tend to be "moderate in all things." However, they are still human. Most of us use the Season to bless our children and to spoil them a little bit. Merry Christmas to all.

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Bizarro 12/03/07 - 10:16 am
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If you tithe the tiny 10

If you tithe the tiny 10 percent, give to missions, go on missions, support needy families, and give in so many ways, then I don't see the harm in giving to your own family to celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior. Christmas is everyday and the act of giving is such wonderful experience. God wants us to give but also to receive-remember the verse open your mouths wide and I will fill them. Christmas is inundated with pagan rituals, but that is the world.

sjgraci
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sjgraci 12/03/07 - 11:10 am
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Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays!

Bizarro
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Bizarro 12/03/07 - 11:11 am
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Merry Christmas!! Scrooge the

Merry Christmas!! Scrooge the holidays.

Republicant
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Republicant 12/03/07 - 11:14 am
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If all the christians stop

If all the christians stop shopping for the holidays where such a huge percentage of the annual profits come from, before you know it your companies will start staying open year round because it will not be feasable to close for "winter break" and then schools will start staying open through this time also. The tradition of " home for the holidays" will eventually go the way of the dodo bird. After years of this, the good christians will have done what they fear the secular community has tried to do, effectively killing the most wonderful time of the year with a bad idea. The road to hell is paved with good intentions. Bah humbug ya bunch of scrooges.

rufus
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rufus 12/03/07 - 01:04 pm
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Merry New Year

Merry New Year

Told ya
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Told ya 12/03/07 - 01:19 pm
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Christmas is in my heart

Christmas is in my heart twelve months a year and thanks to credit cards, it's on my Visa card statement for years after.

PLAYLIKETHUNDER4
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PLAYLIKETHUNDER4 12/03/07 - 01:44 pm
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shivas,better to keep your

shivas,better to keep your mouth shut and be thought a fool, than to open it and remove all doubt.

johnsmith
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johnsmith 12/03/07 - 04:03 pm
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I can agree with some of the

I can agree with some of the underlying sentiment, but come on! "This time of year, every year, there are so many commercials that people get forced to spend and spend and spend some more." This reminds me of the guy who sued McDonald's, whose actual statement was, "You know as well as I do, that you can't eat what they won't advertise!" Huh? I must have missed the part where the commercials come to life, jump out of my TV, grab my gun and force me to the mall to spend a lot of money... On a side note, hear! hear! for the Salvation Army Angel Tree, and to the Augusta Mall for having it up in the courtyard! Now, THAT was a nice shopping trip!

SnidleyWhiplash
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SnidleyWhiplash 12/03/07 - 07:06 pm
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Quote: ..."Christmas is

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..."Christmas is inundated with pagan rituals, but that is the world. "

Uh, that would be because early Christians integrated their December 25th celebration with the Yule celebrations of the "Pagans".

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yule

samson737
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samson737 12/03/07 - 10:44 pm
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at CHRISTmas most people buy

at CHRISTmas most people buy what they can not afford,with money they do not have, to impress people they do not even like..i hope each one of you will have a MERRY CHRISTMAS and eventhough CHRIST was not born on this day..please remember the only way to get to heaven is through a relationship with the person who was not born on this day..! romans 10:9-11

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shaay23 12/04/07 - 02:16 am
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Mr. Thomas you seem to be

Mr. Thomas you seem to be able to use a computer, next time you get a chance, do some research on the Christmas Holiday.

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