Irish Catholic Priest Tells Christians to Abandon the Word "Christmas"
Father Desmond O'Donnell, an Irish Catholic Priest, is urging Christians to give up the word "Christmas" and replace it with something else, saying that Christmas has been hijacked by "Santa and reindeer". He said we lost Christmas like we lost Easter and that Christians need to accept that. He told that to the Belfast Telegraph. O'Donnell is a registered psychologist and author as well as an Oblate priest. He said the meaning of Christmas has been taken over and commercialized by secular society. O'Donnell stated for today's society Christmas has lost its sacred character. He was asking that this space be preserved for those Christians who believe that Christmas isn't about Santa and reindeer.
There's no denial that Christmas has been commercialized and secularized in those society. However, we list in a lost world that's away from God and doesn't want to have anything to do with Biblical truth. The problem with Christmas in today's society isn't so much that the world has secularized it or commercialized it, but that "Christians" have gotten consumed with the commercialization of it. Many churches today are consumed with gift-giving and all the elements that aren't about celebrating the birth of Jesus. I guarantee you there are more Christians whose mind is on Black Friday shopping for the latest sale in electronics, for example, than they are meditating and celebrating the birth of Christ. There's nothing wrong with Black Friday shopping, but Christians have missed the mark when it comes to celebrating the true meaning of Christmas. We don't need to replace the word "Christmas." That's not our problem. We have allowed all the holiday festivities and events to take preeminence over the celebration of the birth of Christ. Those who claim to be Christian need to remember what Christmas is about and come back to that place where we meditate upon and celebrate the birth of Christ.