There's a really disheartening poll from Zogby this morning. Actually, it has nothing to do with electoral politics, and what disheartens me is not the results of the poll (which don't exist yet), but the actual poll question itself. Here's the Zogby interactive polling question that came in this morning's email and broke my heart:
Thinking about the upcoming holiday season, which of the following best describes what it means to you? (Choose up to TWO)
- Sharing time making memories with family and friends
- Finding the right selection of gifts for everyone on my list
- Waiting in shopping lines/crowded malls
- Being a little nicer to everyone I encounter
- Stressing out
- Not sure
Notice anything missing from that list? Is the spiritual significance of the holidays so far lost that it rightfully belongs in "Other"?
For a few years we at FBC Farmersville have tried to put before our people some tangible ways to keep a spiritual emphasis during the holidays. We list nativity re-enactments in the DFW area, suggest family activities for the holidays, and this year we're even making music suggestions. Does your church do anything to try to cultivate the holidays as a spiritual occasion? If so, do you mind sharing with the rest of us what you do?