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And don't just keep Christ in Christmas

By Phil Lawler (bio - articles ) | Dec 19, 2005

Around this time each year, earnest Christians urge each other to "remember the reason for the season," and to "Keep Christ in Christmas."

That's all good advice.

While we're reminding people about how the holiday got its name (and pointing out, in the process, that "holiday" is a corruption of "holy day"), let's take things one step further. The message might cause some consternation among our Protestant friends, but the proper way to celebrate this great feast is implict in its proper name: "Christ's Mass."

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  • Posted by: - Dec. 20, 2005 11:57 AM ET USA

    The house church phenomenon in Protestant circles underlies the basic flaw in Protestantism, the lack of a real need for church. Protestants do not need to go to church on Christmas because there is no sacramental need for church. I've known many Protestants who feel they can be as in touch with God in the woods as in church, which may be in true. For the Catholic it is impossible because the Eucharist is the center not the priest's homily which is often ignored, sometimes with good reason.

  • Posted by: pakx - Dec. 20, 2005 2:02 AM ET USA

    I like the phrase, 'Put the poor back into Christmas'.

  • Posted by: hUMPTY dUMPTY - Dec. 19, 2005 7:47 PM ET USA

    As I recall, the first XMass was an ocassion of gift-giving of gold, frankincense, and myrrh by the first visitors to the Holy Infant. And it is wonderful that El Id, Hannukah, and Kwanza all mark Holy Celebrations of Peace on Earth to Persons of Good Will.

  • Posted by: FrPhillips - Dec. 19, 2005 4:57 PM ET USA

    I saw a sign which I thought was excellent: "Keep 'Mass' in Christmas!"

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