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Reason for the season

is ‘Christ’ in Christmas

The Christmas spirit is alive and well in the North Woods, evidenced by busy churches, nativity scenes in front of homes and businesses and generous giving to those in need — the latter of which follows an example started by God himself, who gave the world the gift of a special child.


For those who don’t celebrate Christmas or who would be offended by a simple, heartwarming greeting such as “Merry Christmas,” you might want to stop here. This is not a secular opinion wishing “happy holidays” and “season’s greetings.” This is more direct than the vague words of the average Christmas card.


Intense commercialism, busy two-worker families and kids going in every direction have made Christmas so hectic for most people that it’s not surprising that the true meaning of this event is often buried in the shuffle.

The Holy Bible tells us that more than 2,000 years ago, a very special child was born in Bethlehem. The good news spread quickly that a savior was born in the city of David. It was the Christ Child, the Prince of Peace, the Son of God. Why should people be offended? This is the Christmas story.


No event in the history of the world has been more celebrated or more well-documented. Christ went on to teach the world about peace and goodwill toward all humans. His disciples carried his message to the corners of the Earth, as they still do today, baptizing those who believe.


Certainly the spirit of Christmas is a miracle all its own, a time when people help others more than any other time. We tip our hats to those who have given of themselves and their possessions during this remarkable season, making the world a better place for everyone. Generous donations to our Warm The Children program this year are an example.


One thing that makes the North Woods such a great place to live is that we can still enjoy real Christmas programs in some of our schools, as opposed to those “holiday” programs that wouldn’t give the casual observer a clue about what event we’re celebrating.


We are reminded by Christian pastors that even more significant than the spirit of giving is understanding the most treasured gift that could ever be given —?Jesus Christ on Earth. We are told that how we receive that gift and what we do with that knowledge and grace, the year around, is central to Christmas.


It is our hope that people realize Christmas isn’t about the celebration itself, but the reason behind such joyous and generous activities. People can deny most anything, and they can certainly believe in what they choose, but there is no doubt that Jesus Christ is the reason for the season.

Behind the editorial ‘we’


Members of the Vilas County News-Review editorial board include Publisher Kurt Krueger, Editor Gary Ridderbusch and Assistant Editor Anthony Drew.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012 4:47 PM


+1 #4 2012-12-26 23:37
My thanks to Robyn Tonkin for pointing out some of the same things I did four years ago -- in response to virtually the same opinion piece. (one would think the News Review would make the effort to write a new script once in a while.)

The modern celebration of Christmas, as Robyn rightly attests, has decidedly non-Christian orgins and can hardly be called "well documented." By whom and by what standards?

Jeff Laadt
+4 #3 2012-12-26 16:33
Jesus wasn't about overindulgence and in-your-face holiday greetings. What happened to loving one another as thyself? What happened to humbling yourself before the Lord? The "holiday season" encompasses many holidays - not just yours. As a Christian, I celebrate Christmas, but I also embrace other cultures and beliefs, and include Thanksgiving, Yule, St Nicholas Day, Hanukkah, Boxing Day, and Kwanzaa - to name a few.
It is too bad that God and "Christmas" have been removed from so many places, but I'm thinkin that your "in-your-face" attitude without any concern for others helped accomplish that removal. You keep telling yourselves that the northwoods is a great place to live. But as long as you maintain those close-minded attitudes and the "my way or the highway" approach, it isn't as special as you think it is.
+1 #2 2012-12-25 18:18
I read this supercilious, smug little opinion piece with a mixture of resignation and boredom. Christ is not the reason for the season. Christ's birthday was not celebrated by Christians for centuries after his death, and Christ's birth is not the reason that we celebrate in late December. Our late December holiday marks the Druid festival of Midwinter, an event celebrating the shortest day of the year, and the return of lengthening days. Thus the secular symbology of Christmas (trees, mistletoe, candles, and others) is just as important as the added-on Christian symbology (which after all is a rather simplistic agrarian birth, death and rebirth myth) and just as valid. You can decide that your religious observance is going to coincide with someone else's religious observance, but that doesn't mean you now own it exclusively. If it weren't for the secular pleasantries of Christmas-- decorations, food, gifts and friendly fellowship--nobody would bother with celebrating it.
-1 #1 2012-12-20 15:40
Thank you so much for this article giving affirmation to the truest "Reason for the Season!" I greatly appreciated seeing this in print! And may I say, "Have a Merry Christmas!"


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