Glee aired it’s Christmas episode last week, and I’ve been thinking about it ever since. They did the same thing with Christmas that they do with everything else- a mash-up. It had everything. Santa. The Grinch. A Christmas tree. Presents. It had everything most people associate with Christmas.
Yet it lacked the one thing I associate most with Christmas- Christ.
My guess is few people minded. For most people, those things are what Christmas is all about. Many will then cap off their Christmas season by going to church on Christmas eve. That will be the extent of Christ’s role in Christmas. Lots of church leaders bemoan the Christmas Eve presence of those who do not worship the rest of the year, but I am glad for their presence. Better once than not at all. Still, I am disturbed by what this episode of Glee revealed to me, which is that it is possible to have a wonderful, normal Christmas that has nothing whatsoever to do with Jesus. There are so many other things that go along with this season that Jesus has become optional for most. For many, he has become irrelevant.
That is what concerns me. It’s not the presents or the songs or Santa. It’s that Jesus has become irrelevant on his own birthday. I know it would hurt my feelings if everyone I knew bought presents for each other on my birthday and never even bothered to call. It just makes me sad for him that this is how he is treated. And the worst thing is, most people don’t even realize they are doing it.
Yikes. He could be a character on Glee.