Don’t Be A Luddy-Duddy!

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To my complaint that Christmas has become too commercialized, trite, shallow, more than once people have said that my thinking is  “bah humbug”. 

What does bah humbug mean? 

Bah humbug is an exclamation that conveys curmudgeonly displeasure. The phrase is most famously used by Ebenezer Scrooge, the main, curmudgeonly character in Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol (1843). 

Scrooge was an old miser, who didn’t like Christmas, the true meaning of the season, which, at the time Dickens wrote the novella, was about family getting together for food and drink, dancing, games and having a genuine generosity of spirit. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Christmas_Carol 

Saying people who object to the bastardization of Christmas are bah humbug is as non sequitur as a scene in the W.C. Fields movie The Bank Dick: Egbert Sousè (W.C. Fields), the bank dick, asks Og, his future son-in-law to unofficially secure an illegal loan for him. He is reluctant, and Sousè says “Don’t be a luddy-duddy! Don’t be a mooncalf! Don’t be a jabbernowl! You’re not those, are you?” 

The Dickens’ story shows how a mean, callous, miserly man is transformed into a caring, benevolent person. This reflects the true spirit of Christmas, a Christ redeems us, rescues us from sin and spiritual death and makes us a new creature, born again in the likeness of Jesus, the reason for the season! 

Today’s worldly Christmas mantra is well illustrated in a song by Janis Joplin:  

Oh Lord, won’t you buy me a Mercedes Benz?
My friends all drive Porsches, I must make amends.
Worked hard all my lifetime, no help from my friends,
So Lord, won’t you buy me a Mercedes Benz?

Oh Lord, won’t you buy me a color TV?
Dialing For Dollars is trying to find me.
I wait for delivery each day until three,
So oh Lord, won’t you buy me a color TV?

Oh Lord, won’t you buy me a night on the town?
I’m counting on you, Lord, please don’t let me down.
Prove that you love me and buy the next round,
Oh Lord, won’t you buy me a night on the town?” 

Janis Joplin-Mercedes Benz(original)

The peace of Christmas is that we are not at war with God, but submit to His sovereign will and acquire the character of Jesus Christ. “We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making His appeal through us” 2 Corinthians 5:18-20 

In the midst of all the surface glitter and manic, worldly ways this season, we need to be reminded what Christmas is about. A Christmas poem illustrates this: 

All Christmas Poetry  

The True Meaning of Christmas  

by Brian K. Walters  

In today’s day and time, 

 it’s easy to lose sight, 

 of the true meaning of Christmas 

 and one special night. 

When we go shopping, 

 We say “How much will it cost?” 

 Then the true meaning of Christmas, 

 Somehow becomes lost. 

Amidst the tinsel, glitter 

 And ribbons of gold, 

 We forget about the child, 

 born on a night so cold. 

The children look for Santa 

 In his big, red sleigh 

 Never thinking of the baby 

 Whose bed was made of hay. 

In reality when we look into the night sky, 

 We don’t see a sleigh 

 But a star, burning bright and high. 

A faithful reminder, 

 Of that night so long ago, 

 And of the child we call Jesus, 

 Whose love, the world would know. 

 In my book I published in November, 2018, There Are Homeless in Bucks County; A Journey With The Homeless, some of which I wrote during the commercial Christmas season at a nursing home while camping out at my dearest Sandi’s bedside, I wrote about the meaning of Christmas. The Lord took her home there on December 4, 2017. I dedicated my book to Sandi, who on her deathbed would say “Jesus is in my heart.”  

In the midst of the incessant, commercialized Christmas advertisements that played on Sandi’s roommates’ TVs that called out to fools to buy extravagant gifts, like the woman Folly in Proverbs 9:13: “The woman named Folly is loud; she is naive and knows nothing”, I was moved to set the record straight by comparing Christmas commercialism to the money changers that Jesus drove from the Temple.  

The book may be purchased: https://www.amazon.com/There-Are-Homeless-Buck-County/dp/172865209X/ref=sr_1_fkmrnull_1?keywords=there%20are%20homeless%20in%20bucks%20county&qid=1555953133&s=gateway&sr=8-1-fkmrnull&fbclid=IwAR2x3SKmaynu1NpSSlpiXlxRhJ_Rd0csXzhmoCc5UHDifcHVRLbAbpmVZok%MCEPASTEBIN%

The peace of Christmas is that we are not at war with God, but submit to His sovereign will and acquire the character of Jesus Christ. “We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making His appeal through us” 2 Corinthians 5:18-20