And then, what should I encounter on the next two aisles? Christmas candles, Christmas wrapping paper, Christmas decorations, Christmas cards, and Christmas music playing over the speakers. A lady stopped in front of me, looked at me and rolled her eyes as she said, "Can you
believe this? Am I really hearing Jingle Bells? In August?"
I replied with, "I remember when the day after Thanksgiving was when all the Christmas things came out. This is the earliest I have ever seen Christmas advertised." She shook her head, and I shook mine as we continued our shopping!
I went up and down the Christmas aisle looking for something to show me the real meaning of Christmas. Baby Jesus was no where to be seen. The thought that Christmas did not mean the birth of Christ to many people, saddened me. I wondered how many children even know the true meaning of Christmas. Even Dr. Seuss in How the Grinch stole Christmas says, "Christmas doesn't come from a store, maybe Christmas perhaps means a little bit more."
"How many observe Christ's Birthday!
How few his precepts!
O 'tis easier to keep holidays