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For some years now we have faced the tragedy of "those in command" taking God and prayer out of the schools, the communities and anything government-funded (with our tax money).
Of more recent years we have seen that they have the audacity to separate Christ from Christmas.
It is now proclaimed — "CHRISTmas is no longer 'in'" anymore and frankly, it's now "illegal."
Who says?!! It's time to say "Bah humbug" to "Happy Holidays."
Certainly, removing all references to Christ in our public lives is a top priority on the devil's agenda. And it really should not surprise us when we see the diabolic tactics of removing the Mother of Christ's urgent Message to the world at Fatima.
What can we do about it?
Let us challenge the world — every race, color, creed and rank in life — to stand up and be counted. Together — we can make a difference. Together — our voice will be heard…and heeded. Together — we will be victorious!
I have seen a few wonderful people out there promoting CHRISTmas — but they can't do it alone. In the last couple of years a group of singers went into the "Happy Holiday" Malls and sang their CHRISTmas carols. It went on YouTube and spread to millions. There's a clue — millions were interested. We are not alone. We are just disconnected.
There are so many ways you can participate in the "Keep Christ in CHRISTmas Challenge" — small and large — using whatever means God has given you.
Wish a Merry Christmas:
Say "Merry Christmas" and wish a Happy HOLY Christmas to everyone you meet — regardless of whether they say "Happy Holidays" or not.
Shout a Merry Christmas:
Get a little bit more brazen — when in the malls and stores — pretend you see friends a distance away and shout out — "Hey, Merry CHRISTmas". I personally did this and yes there are a handful of people that are looking for the nearest straight jacket for you — But MORE people got the point. Strangers smiled, some actually chuckled and as they passed me, made a point of saying loudly and clearly, "Merry Christmas." It was rather exhilarating, this little gesture. The warmth received back from strangers filled the air. They felt the same way but needed a little push to not be embarrassed and open up. You can be that little "push for Christ."
Best Home Nativity Scene Prize
If you belong to a group — or have received God's grace of being financially stable — put out a contest with a nice Nativity Scene prize — for the most inspirational Nativity Scene outside their home. I did this some years ago and the response was heartwarming. It encouraged more people to publicly proclaim Christ on their property (seeing as it's not allowed on public grounds) and the winning scenes were photographed and put in the local newspaper. You can even encourage your local TV station to put it on the local news.
Keep Christ in CHRISTmas Essay Contest
Post an ad in the local newspaper, put flyers up in store windows that will take them. Put flyers on telephone poles, in libraries, in Laundromats — advertising a Contest for the best Essay on What you will do to keep Christ in Christmas. As far as your budget will go — Have a prize for every age group.
Seek permission from the local trustee for all the schools. Invite school children to participate. Get past the obstacle that the schools are "not allowed" to do this by telling them — "we are only advertising there is a contest if they wish to participate." We did this in our community and even some non-Catholic school teachers had their whole class do essays as a project.
Challenge the Commercial Stores
Talk to managers and tell them that there is a growing group of "customers" that are going to boycott their store if they don't stop boycotting CHRISTmas. Tell them you want to see Merry Christmas signs to their customers and that you are the majority — not the minority.
Challenge at the Checkouts
Remember when there was not one checkout clerk that didn't wish you Merry CHRISTmas? Now they are directed that they are not allowed to say "Merry CHRISTmas". Wish the checkout clerk a Merry Christmas and most try to smile and say "Happy Holidays". Some remain silent and you can see they are clearly troubled – they want to return the sentiment but know they may be fired if they do. I know, because some of them tell you. Wow — we are closer to the "666" issue than we want to think! You can't work there if you don't deny Christ. What to do? Be brazen again — say loudly enough so the rest of the lineup can hear you, "I know you are forbidden to wish me a Merry CHRISTmas but I DO wish YOU a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Holy New Year."
These are just a few of the Christmas challenges I have been involved in over the years. Other than contest prizes — you don't need a lot of money to do them. But you do need Faith and Guts. For some, it's not easy to speak out as I have noted above, but believe me, try it — and when you do — the warm and fuzzy feeling you will experience in your heart and soul will be one of the greatest gifts God has given you and your soul. Didn't you ever dream of being a hero? All you have to do is try; stand up for Christ and you will be on a hero's path.
I know there are many more things being done by Christ's heroes out there. Your ideas and actions will be the faith of a mustard seed. Would you share them with us? Then we can share them further on our television, web and letters to millions more who think like you.
We are waiting to hear from you — What a wonderful gift for the Christ Child on His Birthday.
Editor of The Fatima Crusader