So, why does this retired Congressman love Christmas?


Why does anybody feel compelled to battle Christmas? In the Dr. Seuss classic, the Grinch was just grouchy and had no heart – so he tried to keep others from celebrating. In the Jim Carrey movie, we learn the Grinch's hatred of the season is because he had a traumatic Christmas experience as a child.

In Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, Ebenezer Scrooge detested Christmas because as a boy, the orphaned Scrooge spent Christmases alone, explains Yahoo Answers. “During the Christmas season, while the other children went home to be with family, young Ebenezer was left on his own at school. Christmas became the enemy of everything he thought had any real importance.”

But what about today’s Scrooges and Grinches, targeted in Kirk Camerons’s new movie "Saving Christmas"? What’s their problem?

“I have been amused lately by the atheists who are spending huge amounts of money on billboards – one in Times Square – to assure us that this holiday season is not about the birth of Christ,” writes retired Georgia Congressman Tim Linder. “It is, you see, about the winter solstice. Celebrations are still in order. The gift giving, the parties; they all can be enjoyed without the Jesus stuff. Then, the atheists cite public opinion polls suggesting that many enjoy the holiday season without religion.”

Cameron says Christmas isn’t the same without Christ.

The congressman agrees, but notes “there was a time when I was convinced that Christmas couldn’t be celebrated without snow. In northern Minnesota, there was snow. It darkened at about four in the afternoon. Snow would be falling. Last minute shoppers, my mother among them, scurried about under the street lamps.  The entire village of 800 was festive. ‘Merry Christmas’ was heard in the streets and in the stores.

“Santa came by on Christmas Eve while we were at my Aunt’s house. He never failed to appear. We always just missed him. Then, we would open the gifts. Then it was Midnight Mass.

“It was magical,” remembers Linder.

“My wife, Lynne, and I escaped Northern Minnesota to live for two years in San Antonio while I was in the Air Force. We then spent 40 years in Atlanta. Now we’re on a farm in Northeast Mississippi. Christmas followed us South – without the snow.

“I am now of an age when, happily, snow doesn’t define the spirit of the season – family does. The music that is softly warming this room as I write, and the manger scene – the Baby Jesus.

“If they believe that the message of salvation should be settled by majority rule, they are wrong. Jesus did not come to save the people. He came to save the person. The millions who come to the altar in churches across the world join a very large group of believers, but they do so one at a time.

“To be sure,” writes Linder, “there are those who think this entire idea is folly. That is their right. But why would anyone spend so much money trying to dissuade me from enjoying my faith. It seems very defensive. It’s as though they’re not entirely sure of their position unless they can find a significant number who will agree with them.

“In this season, as we celebrate the birth of our Savior, we say Merry Christmas to all the world. We do so in order to share our unbounded joy. Merry Christmas!”