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Christmas cards? In September?

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By Mark Azzara

Dear Friend,

OK, OK, I get it. Christmas is an irresistible marketing gambit. But yesterday’s mail contained a totally unexpected packet. It was filled with Christmas cards, sent by a Christian charity. Christmas cards. In September.

The charity is offering these Christ-centered cards because it wants to “keep Christ in Christmas.” But Christmas cards in September is a great way to take Christ out of Christmas because this charity is behaving like money-grubbing retailers, some of which already have Christmas trees on display.

I’m thinking of writing a polite note asking what’s up with Christmas cards in September! I will give them a chance to explain. They deserve that. If they feel like apologizing that would be fine, too. But I haven’t even started to think about the Christmas holiday yet because it’s not time.

In a way Christmas comes every day because it’s the day when Christ came into the world. In that sense I should celebrate today because Christ is a part of my life today. I want Him to be. I invite Him to be.

But He and I have a lot of other things to deal with today. Christmas cards can wait – until Christmastime.

All God’s blessings – Mark

Mark Azzara

About Mark Azzara

Mark Azzara spent 45 years in print journalism, most of them with the Waterbury Republican in Connecticut, where he was a features writer with a special focus on religion at the time of his retirement. He also worked for newspapers in New Haven and Danbury, Conn. At the latter paper, while sports editor, he won a national first-place writing award on college baseball. Azzara also has served as the only admissions recruiter for a small Catholic college in Connecticut and wrote a self-published book on spirituality, "And So Are You." He is active in his church and a non-denominational prayer community and facilitates two Christian study groups for men. Azzara grew up in southern California, graduating from Cal Sate Los Angeles. He holds a master's degree from the University of Connecticut.

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