The War On Christmas – Advent Blog Tour
When I was a child, I looked forward to Christmas – and so, it seemed, did everyone else. No matter where you went, you saw homes decorated with glistening Christmas lights, lawns lit with sparkling Christmas trees, and Nativity scenes large and small. People greeted you and signs proclaimed Merry Christmas! Everyone knew the reason for the season and even those of different faiths acknowledged it.
Fast forward a few decades and – it appears – the world has changed.
Have you noticed that during the course of your lifetime, Christmas has come under attack? Don’t get me wrong. People still want the benefits of Christmas – they want the day off, the deep shopping discounts, and all of the cheer that surrounds the holiday. But there are some who want the religious aspects of the holiday removed, and those who are steadily chipping away at the religious freedom we once took for granted.
How, you might ask, can one remove Jesus Christ – the person whose birthday we commemorate on Christmas – from this sacred day? Do those who celebrate Christmas really have anything to be concerned about?
In his fascinating book, The War On Christmas – Battles In Faith, Tradition, and Religions Expression, Bodie Hodge seeks to explore the varied reasons and subtle ways that Christmas is coming under attack in our culture – and how Christians can respond. This book is easy-to-read – well-documented – and enlightening. Bodie does a fabulous job of educating readers about the many myths and misconceptions that have cropped up over the years.
What is real – what is tradition – and what is revisionist? I highly recommend The War On Christmas to you. I think you’ll find this book both fascinating and informative!
I cordially invite you to follow The The War On Christmas Advent Blog Tour from December 2-24, 2013 as some of your favorite bloggers take an in-depth look at different chapters in this book – and a few (including Create With Joy) offer special giveaways as well!
In a moment, I’ll be delving into Chapters 8 and 9 of The War On Christmas – Misconceptions Surrounding Christmas and The X Stands For Christ – but first, I encourage you to watch this video and to discover just how Christmas-literate you are!
The War On Christmas Video
Can you separate biblical truth from holiday tradition? Answer the questions in this fun video to see just how knowledgable you are!
The War On Christmas – Misconceptions Surrounding Christmas
If you watched the video I shared a few moments ago, I’m sure you walked away with a sense of how easy it is get confused about what is and isn’t real about Christmas – even if you are an educated Christian who grew up in the church.
Can you imagine how much more challenging it must be to separate fact from fiction to those who aren’t Christians – to those who are new to the faith – and to those who are seeking the truth but aren’t sure where to look?
In Chapter 8 of The War On Christmas – Misconceptions Surrounding Christmas – Bodie Hodge reminds us that no matter what our church traditions are – no matter what our culture espouses – no matter what our favorite Christmas songs or television programs teach us – there is really only one way to learn what’s real and what’s not when it comes to Christmas and that’s to read the Bible.
Many of us have been lead to believe that the Bible claims things it really doesn’t. How will we know what the Bible really says if we haven’t read it for ourselves?
This season, I encourage you to read one or more of the Bible accounts about the birth of Jesus Christ and see how it compares to your understanding of the event. Are there any details that the actual Bible story includes – or lacks – that you’ve always thought are true? How do you account for these differences?
The War On Christmas – The X Stands For Christ
Merry Christmas! Merry Xmas. Is there really a distinction between these two sentiments?
For many years, I thought that those who wrote Merry Xmas were either trying to eliminate Christ from Christmas or had gotten a hand cramp from writing too many Christmas cards! However, I’ve also heard that you really can’t take Christ out of Christmas – that whether people realize it or not, that X still stands for Christ.
What does the X in X-mas really mean? Here’s what Bodie has to say on the topic:
Christ is a title given to the Lord Jesus to signify that He is the Messiah. In Greek, this word is Christos. Since the first Greek letter of this title (the letter chi) looks like an x in English, some have used it as an abbreviation for Christ. Many have claimed that this practice dates back to the first century, and there is solid evidence that shows this was practiced in the 16th century, perhaps as a time-saving measure for those using the printing press. However, those using the abbreviation would still pronounce the X as Christ.
So, it appears that the joke is on those who are trying to eliminate Christ by “x”-ing Him out!
As Christians, Bodie says we should let our conscience be our guides when it comes to whether we say Merry Christmas or Merry X-Mas – as long as we’re not ashamed of Jesus, the latter is okay. Personally, however, unless I run out of space on my card, I use Merry Christmas because not everyone knows the history behind the X – and I want to use every opportunity possible to celebrate the reason for the season!
These two chapters provide just a sampling of what you’ll find inside of The War On Christmas. For more fascinating insights, be sure to follow the tour!
For More Information About The War On Christmas:
- Visit The War On Christmas Website.
- Learn more about the author, Bodie Hodge.
- Follow New Christian Books on Twitter.
- Follow Moms Who Believe and Dads Who Believe on Facebook.
- The War On Christmas is available on Amazon.
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The War On Christmas – Book & T-Shirt Giveaway
Thank you for taking the time to join us on The War On Christmas Advent Blog Tour! To help you learn more about The War On Christmas, Create With Joy is teaming up with Handlebar Marketing and the New Leaf Publishing Group to offer one of our US readers a chance to win a copy of this book and a themed t-shirt (unisex, adult sizes small, medium or large). To enter this giveaway, please leave a comment AND submit your entries through the Rafflecopter form. This giveaway is open to all Create With Joy readers residing in the US, 18 years or older, now through Wednesday, December 18, 2013 at Midnight PST.
Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for review purposes. I was not compensated or required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.
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