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Saturday, December 15, 2007

Hard Readings and the ChristKindlMarkt

Although I've been away most of Advent so far, and absent from the Sunday morning discussions, I've kept up on my own with the readings for the season in the book "Love Came Down: Anglican Readings for Advent and Christmas" (Christopher L. Webber) that Fr. Daniel has selected for us to read this season.

It's not been easy reading in a season normally given over today in this country to parties and preparations despite the season's penitential predecessors -- the subject of the first week was "death", the next... hell? A lot to think about, and I can only be glad I've not been in the American Christmas shopping scene so far, to confuse the issues.

Not that it's all been remote in my travels. Upon request from family I visited the famous Vienna ChristKindlMarkt (Christ Child Market), held in the shadow of one of the larger churches. The scene is nothing if but joy, for all the commercialism in the booths, and the popularity of the Glühwein (traditional mulled wine) and the Weihnachtspunsch (traditional Christmas punch) is quite understandable, especially once one has tried these on a cold, wet winter's day.

The commercialism therein? No worse than in America. But at least créche scenes are not verboten, and in that I think they may have the advantage -- they are permitted to think out loud and publicly about "the reason for the season."

3 Comments:

  • At 5:22 PM, Blogger Continuing Home said…

    Interesting that one of our parishioners today noted that there were carolers in a shopping mall mall last week, and they were taking requests. He asked for "God Bless Ye Merry Gentlemen" and they said they couldn't/wouldn't sing it.

    Apparently it was the reference to Jesus in the second verse that made it out-of-bounds. Not even in a government office, but a shopping mall!

    This madness has gone quite far enough.

     
  • At 6:36 PM, Blogger The Miller Menagerie said…

    A week ago, I would have made some comment how the Pacific Northwest was this secular sha'al. And that Drew and I were from a much more churched environment.

    Then, the Americans United for the Separation of Church and State hit our hometown and baby Jesus is camping in his creche this week with a snowman and Santa. From the way it sounds, they are part of the creche. I think the wisemen are there too, and I'm not sure what Frosty and Santa brought to baby Jesus when they met him in the manger.

    Life was more fun when I knew I could at least escape down to Northwest Florida for a less secular environment.

     
  • At 6:40 PM, Blogger Kathleen said…

    This madness is precisely why I shall not be Malling it this season. We have a tradition of giving gifts not to exceed $5 for each family - that gives being "creative" a new twist. For my part, I will broadcast the message of Christmas wherever I go this season thanks to a thoughtful parishioner who provided a colorful button with the message.

    Merry Christmas everyone!

     

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