Honestly, I'm not trying to be mean, or to rain on anyone's parade, but
Chill out dudes! things are great for the church here in the U.S., and if they aren't great for our pre-Christian friends who we want to win to Christ, that's just all the more reason for us to pray harder that the Holy Spirit would draw them. It's never been the job of Christians to make their society become Christian. It's only ever been their job to spread the Word, and ask the Holy Spirit to do the rest. So Santa is fine. The Easter Bunny is fine. And our preaching Jesus Christ born of a virgin in Palestine, executed on a cross, and raised from the dead, is very good. Commercialization of holidays that we stole from pagans to begin with should be the least of our concerns. The welfare of our own and others' souls should be the greatest.
Thanks for listening, and Praise the Lord, for He is risen indeed!!
Some struggle through the desert because He said . . .[br][br]". . .If you would be my disciples, you must take up your cross daily and follow me"
I agree with the spirit of your post, but I don't agree that it is fine that we have allowed the birth of our Savior to be overshadowed by an imaginary figure. Ask most kids why they are excited about Christmas and the answer will typically be Santa Clause. I'm not saying that people that do the "Santa" thing are bad. I am just saying that it is a shame that we have stood by and let the crass commercialization take over the holiday. Christmas isn't the only place where we have been quiet where we (Christians) should have stood our ground. The church here in the US is good in terms of the fact that we face little to no persecution, but I would argue that the church as a whole body is sick, and we need to pray for healing for that body. I work in an organization where I see and experience things almost daily that blow my mind where the health of the church is concerned. The health of the church overseas where persecution is more severe (the fire is hotter so to speak) is much better than here in the states overall.