Mary Zeiss Stange writes a wonderful piece Christmas, Pagans, and Religious Divergence in today’s USA Today. She outlines the pre-Christian, pagan roots of our Christmas celebrations, and reveals the ironic inconsistency of the threatened boycotts by some Christian groups of retailers who wish patrons "Happy Holidays" rather than "Merry Christmas." From her commentary:
Gone are the days when folks who worried about rampant materialism cautioned that it was time to "put Christ back into Christmas." Now it’s time to put Christ back into Kmart.
(To read more, click on the link above.)
I do not understand why Christians insist that merchants use the Christ Mass to sell their wares. It’s as if we’re encouraging the marketplace to use the name of our Lord – Christ – in vain. For Christ’s sake (oops), can’t we get our act together?
Despite my lament at how pathetic we Christians are, the thrust of her commentary is about the pagan roots of this holiday and our country’s inability to recognize paganism as a legitmate religion. This article is worth reading.