Saturday, 15 December 2012
And now I'm there.
Stefano's take is simply that consumerism doesn't push Jesus out, it is simply filling the gap. As society is less and less Christian (remembering that whatever it is now, this was a Christian country), they naturally leave Christ out. He thinks that they feel guilty because they have enjoyed Christmas without, 'going to church,' so they spend to compensate. Within his flowing, almost musical lecture, Stefano even took the time to define compensation as money paid to make a wrong thing right. "That's why charities get so much money at Christmas," he offered as proof along with two steaming perfectly made coffees to go.
Is he right? Heck! How should I know? All I know for sure is that once again I've proof I'm in no place to judge because I'm once again guilty of make assumptions. I'll try and remember that next time I look at my mantle piece and wonder why only a third of the Christmas cards mention the opening scenes of the greatest story ever told (in my opinion).