The Frivolity of Christmas

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Today, a short meditation:

Some people frown upon all the frivolity of Christmas, the stuff that doesn’t obviously point to Christ, or remember the Nativity. I agree that when it comes to specific church observances, we need to ensure that Christ is obviously there, and our theology is sound. Yet even there, I think many people miss how that frivolity IS a core element of the theology.

To elucidate my point I bring the below quote from Orthodoxy by G.K. Chesterton:

Christianity is the only frame which has preserved the pleasure of Paganism. We might fancy some children playing on the flat grassy top of some tall island in the sea. So long as there was a wall round the cliff’s edge they could fling themselves into every frantic game and make the place the noisiest of nurseries. But the walls were knocked down, leaving the naked peril of the precipice. They did not fall over; but when their friends returned to them they were all huddled in terror in the centre of the island; and their song had ceased.

What the people who object to the frivolity forget, is that Christ came as Emmanuel to bring life back to us, in all its shapes, in the totality of our experience, to  make us whole, the whole man — which includes joy and frivolity.

So lets not lose Christ in Christmas, but lets also see him in the frivolity His life makes possible.

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