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    For awhile, Christmas was banned in Boston and much of New England. Yes, Christmas was banned; a feast or celebration on December 25 brought you prosecution and a fine.

    The Puritans preferred fasting as a way to remember the Savior’s birth. What would they think of today’s worldly ways of celebrations for Christmas, where every year we spend $500 million on wrapping paper and $800 million on lights for our Christmas trees, homes, and lawns?

We in America know how to celebrate just about anything.
    One Christmas, some of us neighbors decided to go caroling. As the music was passed out, I was shocked to find a group of Jr. High boys in the group who had never heard “Away in a Manger.” They had no clue as to what it meant.

    We in America know how to celebrate just about anything. Yet, I must ask, have we replaced the holy with wrapping paper and tinsel? The Old Testament prophet Amos declared for the Lord, “I hate, I reject your festivals, nor do I delight in your solemn assemblies.” (Amos 5:21 NASV).

    God continues to let us know what the Lord does want from us: “Let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an everflowing stream.” (Amost 5:24) This holiday, let’s get serious about justice and righteousness instead of the hype of and glitter of the season.

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Title: "Wrapping Paper"
Author: Timely Truths
Publication Date: December 15, 2000



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