Christmas Without Christ

santa-kneeling-to-JesusChristmas without Christ

is like

vacations without work


sex without marriage


entertainment without edification


dessert without nourishment


diplomas without learning


citizenship without patriotism



Well, you get the idea.  There’s nothing wrong with the first part of each pair, but when taken without the second part, we only get a shallower version of it.  These pairs naturally come together, and when they do, the experience is far deeper and richer than when we try to just have the easy, fun stuff.

The tendency to claim the first part without the second is, ultimately, ignoring of the full value of the first part, rejecting the second part entirely, and a sad commentary on the short-sighted immaturity of the world.