We all remember the classic Seinfeld episode when we learn about the Festivus tradition in George’s family. I still crack up at the extreme dysfunction of the Costanza family. Probably because we can easily relate to so many things that guys like George go through as we struggle to just live our lives.

Sitcom writers come up with stuff like this because it’s something that we can all connect with. Laughter shows identification.

And in all that humor, there’s a bit of truth about our culture and society that we should understand.

So what does a piece like this tell us about something real, like Christmas?

The ‘festivus tradition’ comes partly as a response to the extreme commercialism with the traditional holidays this time of year. I don’t know about you, but for me that begs the question…

What have we let Christmas become?

I’ve felt more and more convicted lately about over-commercializing Christmas, and trying to find ways for my family to focus on the real meaning for this celebration. And today, maybe I have more questions than answers.

How do we show the world the extravagant love that came to earth 2,000 years ago?

How do we get them to see that the most important thing this time of year isn’t finding the perfect present, but recognizing that we just got the Perfect Gift?

How do we live this out in our own celebrations of the Birth of Christ?

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what festivus should teach us about Christmas

by Dan King time to read: 1 min