-Is it a bunch of pagan symbols “Christianized” for the celebration?
-Why is our concept of Christmas so important for those who don’t believe in Jesus?
-Most may say Christmas is about the birth of Jesus, but are we truly worshiping Him or just celebrating the earthly gifts we give ourselves?
Filled with family get-togethers, office parties, breaks from school, decorating the tree, and more, Christmas is a time of peace and love. So why has so much controversy clouded this sacred holiday? It has become ground zero in an ongoing culture war where Nativity scenes are nixed, Merry Christmas becomes Happy Holidays, and even the word “Christmas” is considered by some as offensive. Find the truth about Christmas and the Christian’s response to a culture that seems to be declaring war. You can buy the book on Master Books’ website or at other Christian retailers.
Ever since I heard about this book coming out I wanted to get my hands on it and see what it had to say about Christmas, the holidays and other points that seem to not only have divided Christians but also Christians and non-believers over the years. It’s been a subtle shift in recent years to everyone saying Merry Christmas to now it only being allowed to say Happy Holidays or some other non-Christ name, effectively erasing Christmas from Christ and the true reason for celebrating the holiday. Bodie Hodge deals with this sensitive topic with sensivity and compassion even as he writes about Christians who chose not to celebrate the holiday given that some believe it had it’s roots in the pagan culture of the day or those who write Xmas versus Christmas. I reviewed a book a while ago, called King Alfred’s English that went into some detail about the X and the connection to Christ’s name – which I highly recommend if you don’t want to take Bodie’s word for things. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying we should stop writing Christmas, sometimes it’s simple laziness that prevents many from writing Christmas out in full – but what I am saying is that those who aren’t Christians who think they are omitting Christ from Christmas by writing X, aren’t.
This is a short book at only 144 pages but it’s big on information, some of the information was repeated, but often things that are worth reading are worth reading again – plus since I had finished another book, The Lie, which also dealt with some of the issues Bodie brings up in The War on Christmas, so it may have felt like a repeat. Twenty three chapters span this book and each chapter is short and to the point without being preachy and sticks to Biblical and archaeological facts that support the Biblical account – isn’t it great how science and archaeology supports the history of the Bible? Beautiful illustrations grace the pages of the book including Scripture that brings to life the Christmas story and adds to the overall facts of the book. Whether you’re a Christian who does celebrate Christmas, one who doesn’t, or a non-Believer who is searching this is a great book to read to understand what Christmas is all about and how it became a beloved holiday that Christians around the world celebrate, and yes he even addresses Santa Claus.