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December 7, 2011

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Affording Christmas

by Rev. A. J. Iovine

A Midwest house church pastor named Matt (I checked his blog and can’t find his last name) wrote about the seemingly odd cultural notion that while we all say we can’t afford Christmas this year because of the economy, we’ll end up spending plenty.

When Americans say they “can’t afford Christmas,” it doesn’t mean Tiny Tim is going to go without his scrawny Christmas goose.  It means we can’t afford everything our little hearts desire.  We can only buy one giant, high def television this year, two iPhones (of course they’re 3G, so they might as well be dog turds), and a meager handful of Playstations.  Because even Christians who say that “Jesus is the greatest Christmas gift” would be pretty (ticked) off if Santa didn’t put any loot under the tree.

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  1. Dec 7 2011

    Hi Pastor Iovine,

    Just visiting via your comment on Matt Appling’s Church Of No People blog.

    This morning my wife and I were talking about affording Christmas. We wonder if a reason people who can’t afford it are spending more money is that they have given up.

    I mean, a prevailing attitude seems to be, why not max out a credit card that you can’t afford to pay anyhow? Or, as Scarlet O’hara said, “I’ll think about that tomorrow”.

    I think all this extra spending is a sign of pain and despair.

    John Cowart

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  2. Dec 7 2011

    Hi Pastor Iovine,

    Just visiting via your comment on Matt Appling’s Church Of No People blog.

    This morning my wife and I were talking about affording Christmas. We wonder if a reason people who can’t afford it are spending more money is that they have given up.

    I mean, a prevailing attitude seems to be, why not max out a credit card that you can’t afford to pay anyhow? Or, as Scarlet O’hara said, “I’ll think about that tomorrow”.

    I think all this extra spending is a sign of pain and despair.

    John Cowart

    Reply

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