Happy Easter

My husband and I find it interesting — not to mention somewhat disappointing and depressing — to see so many Christmas grinches in our neighborhood. You know the folks I’m referring to — the people who take their Christmas lights and decorations down the day after Christmas and toss the tree to the curb before you’ve even had the chance to open all of your cards and gifts.

The same thing seems to happen when you turn on the television or pick up the newspaper; everyone is on to the next celebration, holiday or event. Advertisements for Valentine’s Day gifts and winter getaways are everywhere, and sooner than later — easily by mid-February — the bunnies, jelly beans and Easter cards start popping up all over the place. This isn’t a new trend. I saw the same thing in my work as a reporter in television and radio news. I lost count of how many day-after-Christmas stories I filed telling the audience how to properly dispose of the real tree or store the artificial one.

Now I know the New Year is upon us and you might already be thinking ahead to other things, such as planning for this year’s big Super Bowl party, but technically it is still the Christmas season.

And sometimes this rush to race past the holidays and holy days makes me a little crazy. There are moments when I feel like standing on the street corner or in the middle of the mall or town square and shouting “enough already!”

Too many of us who are buying into the cultural craziness are Christians, but you certainly wouldn’t know it from out-ward or outside appearances. But there is a way to make a statement of faith without being declared a public nuisance or getting arrested for disturbing the peace.

How about just saying “no,” or, better yet, how about proclaiming a big “bah, humbug” to ending Christmas before the season is actually over?

 

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