No Room In The Inn

In his essay, Brown reflects on the consumer nature of the Christmas season, realizing that everything he loves about Christmas has more to do with the social traditions than religious ones. As a Christ follower, he knows that Christmas should be about Jesus, the implications of the incarnation, and the impact of his kingdom; but he still struggles (as do many others) not knowing how to celebrate this holiday differently than he always has. He loves the shopping, the lights, sounds and smells, the hustle and bustle of the season. But where, Brown asks, does Jesus fit into all of this? Brown goes on to discuss how the love of the Triune God transforms Christmas by breaking down the societal structures that equate love and fulfillment with the purchase and consumption of products. He does this by pointing out the problems that come with a consumer based society, by showing that Jesus has no room in the Inn of our consumer structures and explaining how God’s love transforms the “Inn” to allow us to give ourselves relationally to Jesus and to others.

No Room In The Inn

2 Responses to “No Room In The Inn”

  1. Daphne Brown Blount Says:

    I am so proud of you. Excellent work.

  2. Mike James Says:

    Brilliant work, Jodie. Well done.

    Sometimes I wonder if this whole thing isn’t blown way out of proportion. I was raised in a family where Christmas was celebrated from around December 19 to February 2. It was a whole cycle of events that circled around the birth of Christ rather than the Presents. And no, we didn’t open our presents on December 25 at 8 AM, most of the time (and as adults, we rarely opened them at all on December 25!).

    I would challenge you to look at the whole picture. There are twelve holidays over three months that are associated with Christmas that are worth looking at. These include the feast of Christ the King in late Novenmer, Advent, the four weeks leading up to Christmas, particular the third sunday of the four. St. Nicholas Day, December 5, celebrating the REAL St. Nicholas, Bishop of Myra, who didn’t wear a red suit and go Ho! Ho! Ho!. The feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, December 12. Christmas Vigil, not Christmas Eve, December 24. St. Stephen’s Day, December 26, also known as Boxing Day. THe feast of the Holy Innocents, December 27., The Feast of the Holy Family, the first Sunday after Christmas, The feast of the Circumcision, January 1, The feast of the Ephiphany, either January 6 or the first Sunday after January 1, The feast of the Baptism of the Lord, the second or third Sunday of January, the feast of the Presentation, February 2, and even Mardi Gras itself, all point to the birth of Christ.

    I would challenge you to take all of these days and look at them in relation to Christmas, and consider taking the presents away until then.

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