Where do you stand in the cultural tug of war between secular and sacred winter observances?
It's not a new phenomenon. I bet the Druids took sides when Christians slid Jesus' birth into a competing time slot with their mid-winter rituals.
The battles (County of Allegheny vs. ACLU, 1989) about who gets prime billing for the holidays isn't just a result of ornery humanists spotting a creche in a public place. Much of our society is schizophrenic about the significance of "Christmas."
Even here in the Bible belt the messages are mixed. Is this family
celebrating a holy day, or simply a holiday?
Are we morphing towards a scene where Santa scooches between Mary and Joseph; will Jesus get bumped right out of the picture?
When "Silent Night" and "Here Comes Santa Claus" compete in my head I hear dissonance.
Are you repelled by the antithesis or have you resolved it?
Are you a purist--pure fantasy or pure Nativity ? Or have you created a "blended" family?