In the spirit of yearly handwringing about materialism, I give you the following obligatory wring of the hands:
Having discharged that duty, I also note that, strictly speaking, the problem with Christmas is not materialism, but commercialism. The reason materialism is not the problem is that Christmas is the Feast in which we celebrate God becoming material. Accordingly, we do what the wise men did and give gifts as a pale reflection of the Gift God made of his son.
As a Chestertonian, I like that. Mary Baker Eddy, the founder of Christian Science, once said that, for Christmas, she sent her friends “good thoughts”. Chesterton, being a solid incarnationalist, retorted that he would...READ MORE