with Karl Faase
English lecturer, the Reverend Dr Giles Fraser, vicar of Putney, London, and lecturer in philosophy at Wadham College, Oxford, said recently that we should avoid having a kitsch Christmas. Fraser quoted Czech novelist Milan Kundera, who said, "kitsch is the vision of a world where nothing unwholesome or indecent is allowed to come into view".
A kitsch Christmas is where we try to fool ourselves that the world is perfect, our lives are wonderful, and that Christmas must be kept away from the world's messiness. To have a kitsch Christmas is to play, "let's pretend everything is perfect". This makes our Christmas gatherings more about avoiding the realities of life than the real reason for the celebration.
Allow God to be a part of all of your life at Christmas. The difficulties you face are no surprise to God. Christmas is not about pretending, it's about celebrating that Jesus has come into the world so we can have a new relationship with God. We can celebrate with confidence that no matter what we face, Jesus stands with us, giving us hope and a future. Now that's a reason to celebrate.•