This would probably consist of such things as gifts - receiving and giving -, decorations, red and green and gold, Santa, snow, cold weather, family and traveling, a manger scene, and lots of good food, along with varying family traditions and differing personal perspective. This general ideology has stayed the same for many years, but I believe the heart of America is shifting. In fact, I would look back to a great upheaval a few decades ago, when the revolutionizing angst of the new generation was embodied. Don't get me wrong, we've been slipping and sliding farther and farther away from the truth ever since Adam and Eve took the forbidden fruit, and there have been many backslidden eras before the 60's and 70's brought long, greasy hair and striped bell-bottoms into the mix. But this is where we are today, near 2013 and... well... where that's going. I'm sure each one of us could give a fairly accurate definition of where that is, positives and negatives alike. But I do believe the cultural spit-up we like to gloss over can teach us something. Besides, things rarely get better without other's getting much worse.
Famed musician John Lennon was the icon of the peace movement, as well as the biggest drug influence over hip teens of the day. I guess you could say, his words were gospel, to many; he really shows us the hippie heart of the time! So examining the words and ideas of his popular songs can be helpful to not only see where many people were in the 60's and 70's, but where we are headed today, or perhaps were we already are. After all, the "liberals of yesterday are the conservatives of today."
So, this Christmas season, what does our secular culture tell us about ourselves?
|You can see Lennon's
glorification of Christmas in his
album name, "X-mas..."
|The Reason for the Season|