While I have nothing against the benefits to the community and the country
of a prosperous Christmas, it does seem to me that the prevailing íSpirití
of Xmas is one of SELL, SELL, SELL - rather than GIVE, GIVE, GIVE.
There is a difference between Christmas and Xmas. The former is concerned with the
beginning of a revolution in our relationship with God. The latter is yet another
marketing ploy to increase profits (and our carbon footprint on the earth).
Harsh words, I know. But true.
Think of the expense of Xmas. Think of the rubbish
and recycle aftermath. (Remember, even recycling costs energy and has an impact
on the greenhouse effect.)
Think also of the millions who are starving while we glutton ourselves. Who have
no homes while we wade through xmas paper littered lounge rooms. Who are alone, without
family or friends, while we drink and babble with our guests.
Thereís nothing wrong with celebrating or socializing - only with the extremes
with which we do so at Christmas when there are so many who lack even the basic
requirements of life.
In the 12 days of Christmas thirty-six thousand children are going to die needlessly
because we did nothing. There are at least 100 days of Xmas - just try to remember
when you first saw Xmas decs and cards in the shops. In those 100 shopping days of Xmas,
three-hundred thousand children will die.
So pardon me, if I am a little unimpressed with Xmas.
And so, just as XMAS is a festive commercial alternative to Christmas, I have
created a festive commercial alternative to The Lords Prayer. I hope you donít
Our father, who art in Toyland,
Santa be your name,
Your presents come, your prices numb,
From Kmart to Seven-Eleven.
Give us this year your Xmas cheer,
With high interest loans for the needy,
For yours is the profit and the debt
Forever and ever.