To the Editor: 

I received the Keizertimes 2011 Holiday Gift and Event Guide recently in the mail. In spite of a wide variety of events for young and old, the Holiday Guide was missing something key. There were teas and photos with Santa, holiday bazaars, Polar Express IMAX 3D showings, Nutcracker ballet performances, and presentations of It’s a Wonderful Life. There were Christmas festivals, craft fairs, tree lightings, choral concerts, even pet photographs with Santa!

Maybe I’m old-fashioned, but I thought the “holiday” (Holy Day) we’re celebrating was the birth of Christ. Rather sad and somewhat telling that there was no specific reference to the supposed object of the season—Jesus. While not everyone ascribes to Christian belief, most, if not all, celebrate the Christmas season in some fashion. That said, it appears most of the holiday emphasis is now on food, fun, and gifts. In other words, the emphasis is on us. That’s ironic in light of Jesus’ professed goal of coming to earth as one of us. Namely that was to give his life on a cross as a payment for mankind’s sin. Has the “reason for the season,” the Babe of Bethlehem, been pushed to a small unassuming religious table at the back of the store? So it seems.

Mark Manthey