The War On Christmas Places Christ Back in the Center of the Holiday Season

Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book for the sole purpose of this review. All opinions expressed are 100% mine. No other compensation was provided.

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Have you noticed how commercial Christmas has become lately? It seems like it is all about who gets the biggest and most expensive presents. But in a book written by Bodie Hodge, The War on Christmas is examined. This is one book that anyone who is looking for the real meaning of Christmas needs to read. Just read the summary.



  • Is it a bunch of pagan symbols “Christianized” for the celebration?

  • Why is our concept of Christmas so important for those who don’t believe in Jesus?

  • Most may say Christmas is about the birth of Jesus, but are we truly worshiping Him or just celebrating the earthly gifts we give ourselves?

Filled with family get-together, office parties, breaks from school, decorating the tree, and more, Christmas is a time of peace and love. So why has so much controversy clouded this sacred holiday? It has become ground zero in an ongoing culture war where Nativity scenes are nixed, Merry Christmas becomes Happy Holidays, and even the word “Christmas” is considered by some as offensive. Find the truth about Christmas and the Christian’s response to a culture that seems to be declaring war.

I will have to say that I am very impressed with how well written this book is. It examines all the mysteries of the Bible and the story of the Nativity. It made me stop and think about how my family and I celebrate Christmas as well. It seems that we all get caught up in the trappings of Christmas without realizing it. But there is one thing that we are making sure to do and that is to glorify Jesus on the day of His birth.

That leaves the question, when did we as a society stop believing that Christmas is a celebration of Jesus’ birth and instead believe that is a way to get more stuff. And really when you think about it, can we take that stuff with us? This reminds me of a conversation that I had with my husband the other day. He came to sit down next to me and apologized for us being poor. I told him we are not poor, we made the decision early on for me to stay home and raise our girls. Does that mean that at times things weren’t rough? NO there where times that money was tight but we held steadfast onto our decision that home was where I belonged. I told him that we would have more if I worked full-time but we both knew that decision was not right for our family. I also told him that we chose not to buy anything on credit and that we get we pay for with cash or our debit cards. Living from paycheck to paycheck some months but we know that we do not have an outrageous debt that we can not handle.

That said this book made me realize that the importance of focusing on the people in my life and not the things. Keeping my eyes on Jesus as I continue to do what He leads me to do.

So I am going to wage my own #waronChristmas placing Jesus back into the center of this holiday season and all year round.

afm sponsor postDisclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book for the sole purpose of this review. All opinions expressed are 100% mine. No other compensation was provided.

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  1. What a great reminder that Christmas is not about all the stuff, but about our priorities and the true meaning – Jesus. This looks like a very enlightening book.

  2. It’s a good point that you brought up about Christmas. I am so glad to be a catholic (any religion period) because I think it’s one of the ways that we can appreciate Christmas for what it is really for. Have a great holiday Melissa.

  3. Christian or not, I think all could agree the day is chosen to celebrate the birth of Jesus. I feel that even myself as a Christian should celebrate that fact, however I choose to do so. Further, I feel if I did that it would not be offensive to anyone. It’s merely a Happy Birthday to celebrate Jesus’ birth on Earth, nothing more and nothing less.

    I guess what I am saying is that the book in review sounds like one I would like to read–IF it is written from a factual point of view, not just a Christian point of view. There are always more sides than one to a story and I like to hear the whole story.

  4. This is the first I’ve heard of this book, it sounds like a great read. With all the shopping and other crazy things we get ourselves into, it’s great to be reminded of what’s important and true.

  5. As much as I agree with the sentiments expressed, I still feel the magic of the season. Even if many no longer remember the true meaning of Christmas, there is a kinder more loving atmosphere – at least that I’ve experienced. Yes, the main stream media (encourages by our government), is trying with all it’s power, to destroy the Christian base of our country, but I don’t believe that all is lost. We need to be ever diligent in keeping the spirit about us, and doing everything in our power to set a strong example for others.

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