For a very thoughtful (though long) discussion of the how to keep Christmas a religious holiday by avoiding commercialism, check out this discussion between Father James Martin and Susan Thistlehwaite, a United Church of Christ minister, professor at Chicago Theological Seminary and a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress.
They conclude that our society now doesn’t have a Christian theology, but a “Santa theology.” Thistlehwaite did a great column this year in the Washington Post about the difference between Jesus and Santa. The gist: Jesus will forgive you, while Santa will not.
Martin, an editor at America magazine, was on Fox and Friends this morning discussing the so-called “War on Christmas.” (No link available yet.) On Facebook, he noted this morning that “for all of Fox's horror over the dearth of Christian imagery in the season, the lobby of the Fox News Building had a Menorah, but no creche!”