Exmas and Chrissmas

C. S. Lewis writes a satirical essay about how the strange nation of Niatirb (yes, that’s Britain
backwards) celebrates Christmas. He remarks that is seems as if there are two separate holidays on the same
day: Exmas and Chrissmas. Exmas is a time of great stress, labor, and weariness. People get cards to send one
another, and there is great lamenting when they receive a card from someone they didn’t send one to. And then
the gifts:
For every citizen has to guess the value of the gift which every friend will send to him
so that he may send one of equal value, whether he can afford it or not. And they buy as
gifts for one another such things as no man ever bought for himself. For the sellers,
understanding the custom, put forth all kinds of trumpery, and whatever, being useless
and ridiculous, they have been unable to sell throughout the year they now sell as an
Exmas gift.
Chrissmas in this strange country, however, is a different celebration entirely. It focuses on a Child sent
by God to bring peace on earth and good will towards men. Today, you may be consumed by the busyness of
the season. It’s a busy time with great hustle and bustle. But may you find time today to sit in peace, reflecting
on the God who gave His Son for you.