Have we lost the ‘Christ’ in ‘Christmas’?

We have all considered the commercialization of Christmas in our culture. But the two stories Glenn shared on radio this morning really make you question whether we have completely lost the ‘Christ’ in ‘Christmas’.

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Over the last few weeks, TheBlaze received several tips from readers who had recently attended the ‘Candlelight Processional’ at Epcot and Disneyland parks and found “One Solitary Life,” an essay that has been read during the ‘Candlelight Processional’ since 1976, was removed from the program.

TheBlaze reports:

This overtly Christian text, written by Dr. James Allan Francis in 1926, details Jesus’ life, death and historical impact.

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The essay has been recited to complement the traditional biblical story of Jesus’ birth since 1976, making its recent removal more than noticeable.

But demand for the show and production constraints have apparently created a need, according to Disney, to shave time off of each performance so that the cast and crew can properly prepare for the three back-to-back performances that unfold each night during the holiday season.

“They have decided to cut the Jesus part out of it. But they’re only doing it for time. It’s like cutting 220 words out of it, which is [like] three minutes… Three minutes is nothing when you’re at a Disney park. It’s a 90-minute show,” Glenn said exasperatedly. “They’re cutting three minutes out of it. And what are they cutting out of it… The apex of the Christmas story… So basically let’s hollow out the Christmas story. Let’s just take the Jesus part out of the Christmas story and just make it about peace on Earth.”

While Disney maintains the decision was solely related to time, Glenn could not help but question the changing culture at Disney.

“I don’t trust the Disney brand anymore. I know a lot of people that don’t trust the Disney brand anymore,” Glenn explained. “I study Disney. I sat there at the park and I looked at them. I watched the employees, as Walt used to do, with my watch, and I watched. Somebody dropped a paper; how long does it take? I saw three people trip over a carpet before I went and fixed it – with Disney employees standing right there… They’ve lost the culture of Disney… Now listen carefully: Once you lose the culture of a company, you lose the company.”

But Disney is not the only institution facing a cultural crisis. Controversy has swelled across the country after an Air Force base in South Carolina removed a nativity scene on Friday.

“Did you see it’s not just Disney that’s hollowing out the Christmas story? It’s also the Air Force,” Glenn said. “The Air Force now has taken down [a nativity scene]… because one complaint came in. Within [2 hours], they had the nativity scene taken down.”

“They took it down from one complaint,” Pat added. “Because somebody sent them a threatening message that it violated the Constitution. How? Ridiculous.”

According to TheBlaze:

The debate is still unfolding at Shaw Air Force Base in Sumter, S.C., after the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, a church-state separatist group, contacted the Pentagon to voice concerns this month over the nativity display.

The organization’s president, Mikey Weinsten, said that 41 airmen complained to the group about the presence of the nativity and so the Military Religious Freedom Foundation contacted the Pentagon and the Christmas display was inevitably removed from the premises, WLTX-TV reported.

The church-state group said on its website that the display “was very sectarian in nature and a direct violation of the US Constitution as well as a blatant violation of Air Force Instruction 1-1 Section 2.11.”

“So anyway, we’re losing our culture here. We’re hollowing out our culture,” Glenn concluded. “Wait a minute. If you lose the culture in a company, you lose the company. What happens if you lose the culture in a country?”

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  • BlueMN

    Let’s see, three men, of possibly Middle Eastern descent, with suspicious packages? The nativity scene was probably destroyed with a drone strike. I hope no innocent civilians were hurt.

  • http://www.artinphoenix.com/gallery/grimm snowleopard (cat folk gallery)

    Welcome to the war on Christianity.

  • landofaahs

    Christ mass. But then the biggest enemy of Christmas was good ole Santa. Buy, buy, buy. Debt, debt, debt.

  • landofaahs

    courtesy zero hedge. Zombie apocalypse or waiting for the store to open on black Friday.

  • landofaahs

    There are no innocent’s in the eyes of the federal government. SHHH. I hear something overhead.

  • landofaahs

    It’s not a drone, it’s Santa dropping presents….some just happen to explode.

  • stargazerken73 .

    We attended Candlelight last night and there were several readings from the Gospels along with traditional carols. We had zeros issues with the production, which was 45 minutes in length. And on the Disney culture, we dropped some popcorn on the ground and a cast member was there within minutes of our dropping. Out of the nearly nine years of being annual pass holder, there is only one instance where a CM destroyed the “magic” for us.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8FvmesaxXg Sam Fisher

    How much do you guys want to bet if Jesus came back and visited New York City and told them to stop killing children in the womb. They would burn him at the stake and charge him of crimes against womanhood. The sad thing is I can see the liberals doing so.

  • landofaahs

    The next time Jesus comes back he will not be the gentle lamb but the God of judgment with sword in hand. Those against Christ will not burn anyone at the stake but instead will be cast in to the lake of fire.

  • Fat Lip

    Have WE lost Christ in Christmas we is a powerful two letter word !
    Now a much more powerful word I haven’t !
    A ONE letter word that has nothing to do with the collective .
    I LOVE JESUS

  • Anonymous

    Radicals lost Christ, they are a minority, the majority still has Christ

  • Fat Lip

    Yes my friend Deuteronomy 23:19 thru 24 credit is usury and it’s abomination in our Fathers eyes .
    The biggest pyramid scheme in the history of man CREDIT DEBT !
    You are so very right

  • Fat Lip

    Indeed my brother but the collective think they are the winners don’t they.

  • fire lion

    christ in christmas? before or after christians arbitrarily took the pagan winter solstice as his birthday?

  • fire lion

    How much do you guys want to bet if Jesus came back and visited New York City and told them to stop worshiping capitalism; they would burn him at the stake and charge him crimes against the free market OH WAIT THEY DID .

  • soybomb315

    Christmas is a manmade tradition so it is questionable whether Christ as ever in Christmas to begin with.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8FvmesaxXg Sam Fisher

    I am sorry but he is not a socialist.

  • http://corniebanman.com/ Cornie Banman

    How can Christmas lose Christ when He never was in it?

  • TheROUSes

    We shouldn’t celebrate Jesus’ birth. We should celebrate His death on the cross because that was the greatest gift we’ve ever received.

  • Anonymous

    Debt, that is so right. This year we bought toys for the children less fortunate. My grandchildren are so blessed, I decided to buy and contribute in their names this year. There are a lot of kids out there, whose parents have lost jobs or unemployment is ending, and I felt that they could use some Christmas joy. I did that through my Church. We have to stick together and help one another, as our years are coming to an end.

  • Anonymous

    Glenn, why are you so worried about how everyone else celebrates Christmas. You can celebrate it any way you want. Nobody’s stopping you from believing what you believe. What your angry about is that companies aren’t celebrating your way. Get over it. America is MULTICULTURAL.

  • Anonymous

    All that’s happening is life is getting more inclusive. People are finally waking up to the fact that there are more people in Americ who celebrate the holidays differently than just with the Jesus story and religious scenes. It’s not taking the culture away just making it more inclusive and at the same time more personal.
    Peace on Earth is the core of what the story is all about.

  • John Scott

    The problem with America is that we have nobody who is willing to stand up for what America is about anymore. For fear that we will offend someone. There are no winners or losers just participants in sports. Everyone should be equal and religion is now something that should be kept private and underground. I certainly respect a Muslim, a Jew and those with a non belief in a God. So why is it they cannot respect what we believe in? People used to be tolerant of other people and their beliefs. Now it seems someone or some group is always trying to get things their way. This is not just about Christ and Christmas. Its about a lot of things that if they offend even one person we cannot just say “get over it” .

  • John Scott

    How can the non believers give out presents if they don’t believe in Christmas. Because for them its a non holiday? Right?

  • John Scott

    My Mom always baked a Birthday Jesus cake. Even my Daughter today remembers that and insists that we bake one. I think its important for people to not give up on beliefs. Maybe your not a church going or question the very existence of a God or Jesus. I certainly tolerate whatever you believe or don’t believe. Put up and display whatever and allow me to do the same.

  • gettrashdayondatpiff

    trust and believe it is all about getting rid of God/Christ. The word of God already says this will happen and those that believe in Him will be killed. If gay people can have parades dressed as penises (one example) and that not be considered offensive but Jesus should be private then it is in fact a war on His church..im not religious I just see that there is a real devil with a real agenda. Stevie Wonder could see this.

  • gettrashdayondatpiff

    Jesus is called the man of peace. Bottom line if a MAN who never committed a crime, a man that healed people, a man that spoke of love, a man who was killed for absolutely nothing offends you or anybody else there is no love or peace in that person. Jesus and his love lifestyle should be celebrated everyday in this cold world. When you take out God or Christ in schools etc look how crazy things get. This just shows me how people were when they wanted him on the cross. People are like that today. People would kill Him today but let killers of babies go free in the court of law.

  • gettrashdayondatpiff

    He’s not.. He just wants the Jesus story in Christmas like its always been in america..why is that an issue? you don’t believe in Jesus? we don’t believe in gay marriage but people got it and that doesn’t seem to offend anyone knowing a man is sticking his penis in another mans rectum. Its just love right? But baby Jesus is offensive… this world is going to hell fast.

  • Anonymous

    True, there’s no peace in people who get offended with religion or even what Jesus talked about. But at the same tie the separation of church and statements nobody has the right to go around advertising one belief over another. Having religion be personal still has people believing what they like without being “holier than thou” about it. If people need to see symbols or have religion in public schools or anywhere else public except maybe for churchs means that person doesn’t have much faith to begin with

  • Anonymous

    So Jesus can be celebrated on Christmas why not have Buddha and other people of pace be celebrated on that day as well. Jesus wasn’t born in December according to religious scholars so why not call this season “Peacemass”. But only Jesus gets to be because it’s a church holiday that turned public about a century ago.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t think many people find the baby Jesus offensive. Perhaps if you were Jewish or Buddhist you may get tired of getting pounded with Christmas marketing. I’m Catholic and I sure get tired of it. Can you imagine if for two months we were bombarded with the commercialization of Mawlid an-Nabi (Muhammad’s birthday)?

    Not sure what gay marriage has to do with Christmas, but the greater point is to have the courtesy to respect other’s rights to their beliefs.