Just to interrupt the augustinizing for a wee bit.
I made my yearly solitary shopping trip to the big city yesterday (Pembroke: pop. c. 23,000), to finish up those odds and ends that I could not manage to get done earlier.
Something surprised me there: the clerks said "Merry Christmas," like, all the time. I thought we lived in a more tolerant world now where we don't tolerate religious syncretism? Or, is this a matter of the corporate world finally realizing that there are Christians out there who vote with their feet, or rather, their wallets?
On a related matter,
I had the misfortune of clicking on N'Sync's Christmas song this morning on YouTube. It's title says it all: "Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays" and, no surprise, the two aspects of the title go together as naturally as homosexualism and tolerance. Can you just picture the discussion around the table when they were planning that one?
"Umm, guys, how do we tap into the Christmas buying spirit and yet not alienate our non-Christian fans?"
Nevertheless, I love N'Sync and their indefatigable boy band ways.
If you are in the mood to listen to pop Christmas tunes, how about this one from Wham! (The exclamation point is part of the group's name). It's actually a catchy tune - unlike that from N'Sync. Make sure you watch the video, for, as N'Sync was to the over-the-top fashion of the 90s, Wham! was to the 80s.