Our Bronze Serpents must be destroyed.
(01-10-2010, 04:24 PM)LaramieHirsch Wrote:
(01-10-2010, 04:02 PM)Herr_Mannelig Wrote: It isn't a Bronze Serpent if other people are doing it. It must be worshiped by the Faithful. What exactly are the Faithful doing wrong?

Are we Catholics not trapped in the same cycle of Christmas ritual that our secular cohorts are trapped in?  The shopping?  The fake sentimentality?  The cheery music that doesn't mean anything anymore?

Hasn't the worship of Christmas consumerism swept over us Catholics, too? 
Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes.

I'm with you on this. The obligation to buy stuff for everyone. Hallmark putting the commemorative ornaments out in JULY. "Holiday Baking." Red and green everything, including M&Ms.  Decorating your yard with wire reindeer festooned with lights. Giant inflatable smowmen. Enormous wreaths. 4' candy canes built as a fence. How come no one makes one of those giant inflatable yard decorations of a Nativity Scene? I'd buy one.

I'm tired of Advent disappearing. Two years ago I hung blue lights on the house until Christmas Eve, when we got let out of work early, and I hung multicolored lights and left them up through the whole official Season. I doubt anyone noticed, but the lights were dirt cheap and I only used one strand of each. This year I didn't bother with the lights. (Yes, I know purple is the "real" color, but blue seems to be common too and they didn't have solid purple lights at the store I was in.)

The music is another peeve. Santa Baby, Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree, Silver Bells, White Christmas - all those songs that play in an endless loop everywhere you go. They have nothing at all to do with Jesus!

So many people I know are just sick of the hype. What we need is the Pope to write about commercialization and secularization of Christmas, and call for a boycott of some sort to promote Advent as a season of preparation. THAT would get the media's attention. And a whole lot of people, who are otherwise anti-Catholic, to say, "Yeah! I'm sick of it, too!" Parishes and Religious Orders also need to stop sending Christmas Cards out in early November.

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Re: Our Bronze Serpents must be destroyed. - by SoCalLocal - 01-11-2010, 01:02 AM

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