It’s the reason for the season. Or, so the neon sign says in my neighbor’s yard. Ironically, also in his yard is a large figure of Santa with his reindeer. So the reason is? Santa and his magical reindeer? Consumerism?
We have real issues with Christmas in this country. On one hand, we shop, shop, shop buying meaningless stuff for family and friends who already have too much stuff, while on the other hand, we insist that the 25th of December is a religious holiday. If we are celebrating the birth of Christ, why do we even ask for gifts? Why do we encourage our children to ask for stuff for themselves when we are celebrating the birth of Jesus? Why do we pile meaningless stuff under the tree and pretend that Santa brought them? Wouldn’t it be more appropriate to say that God brought the gifts?
This holiday is just a guise, of course. It is about us. We are the reason for the season.
Of course, we could buy gifts for Jesus’ birthday, but where would he wear that tie?