In 1823, Clement Moore wrote “A Visit from St. Nicholas,” which morphed into the story of Santa Claus with a sleigh and eight tiny reindeer bringing gifts to children at Christmas. This was the beginning of the secularizing of the celebration of Christmas. Later, ‘Xmas’ was introduced, which removed Christ from Christmas.
Dr. Seuss (Theodor Geisel) wrote the story “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” in 1957. The moral of the story was that Christmas was not just about trees, stockings, and gifts but about sharing and caring, but there was no celebration of the birth of Jesus.
Today’s woke culture is using the Grinch story to steal Christmas again. There is now “Merry Grinchmas” that viciously takes Christ right out of Christmas. The Grinch no longer has anything to do directly with Christmas, but you see inflatable Grinches in many yards instead of traditional Nativity scenes.
Now, large corporate companies are producing Grinch inflatables and professional decorations for businesses or homes, demonstrating to everyone that Grinchmas is the modern way to X out religious connotations of Christmas. Madison Avenue-backed companies are producing concrete symbols that replace the religious ones with blinking, colored lights that capture the eyes of passersby.
Christmas is a time when we are supposed to celebrate and honor the birth of Jesus Christ, as told in traditional Christmas carols. Most focus on our savior’s birth.
“A Visit from St. Nicholas” became “The Night Before Christmas.” This scenario took on a life of its own. At Christmas time, Santa would appear in department stores where children would sit on his lap and tell Santa what they wanted for Christmas, and he would bring the gift and put it under the Christmas tree. Today, many children pick out their presents online, even xing out Santa Claus.
This ritual became prevalent throughout the US but is significantly less today. Children are still asking for gifts on one of the most important Christian holidays of the year, but not directly from Santa Claus.
Today’s gifts for the holidays are purchased with the child present on the internet and are sent to the homes of loved ones. The secularization of the most Christian holiday erases many of our traditions. Christmas caroling by neighbors and churches has decreased or disappeared altogether. Few, if any, schools teach the children the traditional Christmas carols or have carol sings for the community.
Even the White House has very little celebration of traditional Christmas. This year, the White House celebration had spooky dancers gyrating down the hallway. The movement of the dancers looked more like street performers than dignified Christmas performers. It seemed to be the opposite of performing anything to do with a religious holiday.
Every aspect of our Christmas holiday has been turned more into Grinchmas. It is now not a series of days set aside to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ but a time to replace Him with Grinchmas. Grinchmas is a time to celebrate many hedonistic pleasures.
Grinchmas is a movement to remove any worshipping of Jesus as the savior of man who have not lived a Godly life. He came to earth to do His father’s work to save the souls of man who had turned away from God’s commands.
The Grinch is a symbol to lead humans away from Christ’s Godly word and actions. Grinchmas is a means of swaying people away from God towards evil temptations rather than towards holiness.
Frail souls need to return to true Christmas, where praying to Jesus will bring strength to their souls. Only by doing God’s holy work through Jesus’ teaching will humans not be seduced into an antichrist path of evil.
Domenick Maglio, PhD. is a columnist carried by various newspapers and blogs, an author of several books and owner/director of Wider Horizons School, a college prep program. Dr. Maglio is an author of weekly newspaper articles, INVASION WITHIN and the latest book entitled, IN CHARGE PARENTING In a PC World. You can see many of Dr. Maglio’s articles at www.drmaglioblogspot.com.