Thursday, December 21, 2006
Putting depression in Christmas
Many adults get beaten down by Christmas. It is, in America, generally rescued by a 'Yes Virginia, there is a Santa Claus' attitude. In this attitude, people generally take a relationship in which there is a substantial power difference, an adult to a child, and treat the child very kindly. In this, we act as more or less all powerful and treat the child, the power deficient, in such a way as to raise them to our imputed stature. Finding ourselves as power deficient in relation to Christ as implied in Christmas is often more problematic. Also, being related to Christ in the season as opposed to our original parents in whom we first found a reflection of competency, especially when this provides a reminder that they are gone, can be difficult.