In The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe Lewis describes the delightful approach of Father Christmas and his giving of gifts to the children while they are on the run from the White Witch. A few pages later the White Witch comes upon “a merry party, a squirrel and his wife with their children and two satyrs and a dwarf and an old dog-fox, all on stools round a table” eating “something like a plum pudding.” The White Witch asks, “What is the meaning of this?…..What is the meaning of all this gluttony, this waste, this self-indulgence? Where did you get these things?”
And so it is still the case that when God’s people are rejoicing in His gifts, the other team wants to call it wasteful, gluttonous, and selfish. The enemies of God hate to see His people delighting in and celebrating His Great Advent. Why should our celebrating with our gifts and lights and candles and songs (and cookies and fudge) still annoy the White Witch and her minions? Because without Christ, there is no reason to celebrate, and there is a deep longing in the heart of sinful man to justify his own emptiness by means of envy and greed. And greed and envy hate to see others enjoying themselves.
So, as my husband pointed out in an exhortation a couple of weeks ago, when you hear people complaining about how much money we waste on celebrating Christmas, remember the White Witch. It is not Aslan speaking through her.