Over the next few weeks as I'm reading through the little book Hundred Dollar Holiday by Bill McKibben, I thought I would share some quotes with you that I find thought provoking and/or inspiring. The book takes a look at the history of the holiday of Christmas and offers up suggestions to simplify it in order to make it even more meaningful (less is more, no?). This little series is not meant to take away from however you chose to celebrate. They are just thoughts to ponder.
"The Christmas we now celebrate grew up at a time when Americans were mostly poor, mostly lived with extended families, mostly worked hard with their hands and backs. It's no wonder that piles of presents felt different, that rowdy noise sounded different. The Christmas that was invented in the 1940s was fairly flexible: people could change the size of the presents as the nation grew richer, for instance. But more and more that old Christmas finally feels played out. We've changed too much, and if we feel harassed by Christmas, that's why. It's not that Christmas has changed, it's that we have. We're like fifty-year-olds going to Daytona Beach for spring break. Maybe we can remember why it seemed fun once, but frankly, we'd rather sleep at night."
In essence, he's saying when life was hard and dull, a Christmas full of abundance, light and noise set the season apart from the rest of the year. Today, when we experience abundance, light and noise all throughout the year, how do we set Christmas apart?