Surprisingly enough (or maybe not so surprising), this list of questions had a reference line that read “Resources for responsible living and celebrating since 1973. Since 1973. Apparently, mine is not the first generation to be challenged by the commercialization of Christmas. Somehow, that does not surprise me.
Questions for the Twelve Days of Christmas1. Is Christmas a time of spiritual renewal for you?
2. Which receives the most attention in your household at Christmas, the “advent” of Santa Claus or of Jesus Christ?
3. Do you feel pressured at Christmas --- by the media, friends, and relatives --- to do things and spend in ways that do not honor the birth of Christ?
4. Are you comfortable with the gift-giving patterns of your family? Does your spending for Christmas reflect your faith?
5. The Gospels say that Christ’s coming was “good news to the poor.” Are your celebrations of His coming also “good news to the poor?”
6. Should your church provide resources and encouragement for members who want to find new ways to celebrate Christmas?
7. Santa is supposed to bring gifts to those who are good and not to those who are bad. What do you think that says to children who are too poor to get Christmas presents?
8. Do you find it ironic that some of the most popular gifts to children at the celebration of the birth of the Prince of Peace are war toys?
9. Three-fourths of advertising dollars are spent in the last quarter of the year. Does all that advertising influence the way you celebrate Christmas?
10. Is the environment better or worse off because of the way you celebrate Christmas?
11. When the bills came last January and February, did you wish you had spent less in December?
12. At the conclusion of last year’s celebration, did you wish your Christmas celebrations had been more in keeping with your faith and values? Do you want to resist the commercialization of Christmas?
Anyway, I just thought I would throw this list out there for consideration, even though it is out of season. Check back, soon. Maybe I will have a thought-provoking list for Lent in the next few days.