Yessiree Bob, today in 1981, on November 30th, coming home from my paper route in the cold and snow of a central Kansas winter… I ‘got saved’ from the impending doom of hell and eternal death. All that and I still made it home for dinner.
I will repost My Journey post about the day, but suffice to say my life has never been the same since. That started the chain of events that made me not only who I was, a 34yr long Christian and a 25yr long avocational minister of the gospel in various roles and places, but also who I am today… Firmly in Recovery from same.
Christmas was always about Jesus for me, not Satan… I mean Santa. (See what I did there?)
For me as a Christian, I hated Santa and all his commercial propaganda because he was the Grinch who really stole Christmas away from Jesus. I mean really, who throws a birthday party and ignores the Divine Birthday Boy?
So when the wife and I got married in 2005 and her family’s normal, american, Pagan way of celebrating “Commercialized Santa Worship” clashed with the Birth of Christ… I became the Grinch who stole Christmas back from Satan… I mean Santa. (See what I did there?)
I learned then, even as a Christian with strong biblical support for leading my household for Christ rightly as the High Priest of our home, that the one thing I never want to see is my wife tearing up as I make her cry. That was the worst thing I have ever experienced yet as a husband, Christian or not.
Over the years, we managed to make a balanced de’tent over the differences to avoid that kind of real conflict. I’m proud of that. Still, no Satan… I mean Santa in our home. But recent changes in outlook have opened the floodgates again to a really liberated celebration of Christmas, not as the Birth of a God man in ancient Palestine, but Christmas… The holiday everyone knows and loves, but “Real Christians” fear and despise as Commercialized Santa Worship.
My Deconversion from Christianity has led to a Reconversion or one might say a “New Birth” to Christmas. “… And that’s made all the difference in the world”-Robert Frost. New Birth Day Greetings to all, and to all a good night from The Recovering Know It All.