I wrote an unnecessarily long article on asceticism and Christmas, and then added the positive spin on Christmas having both sacred and secular symbols and stories. I argued that there is a balance needed in Christmas between the pressures to embrace asceticism or revelry. I also argued that there is value Christmas as a sacred activity that welcomes the secular.
BUT… then three hours of writing disappeared. That made me think that it was for the best. I think the principles were strong, but the writing convoluted. Therefore, I would recommend sending anyone interested to better posts I have done in the past. Click on the post below. God bless.