For discussion: Imagine!

Questions for reflecting on and discussing the feature article, Imagine! (Nov. 25, 2013 issue)

November 20, 2013 | Feature | Number 23
By Barb Draper,

1. Do you know anyone with a “Bah! Humbug! ” attitude towards Christmas? What makes you want to say “Bah! Humbug! ”? Where do you draw the line on sentimentalism? What does it mean to have a heart for Christmas?

2. Do you agree with Ray Friesen that, “You need imagination to do Christmas”? If the baby Jesus came to our world today, what would be the 21st-century equivalent to the stable, the manger, the shepherds, the magi? How might changing the setting of the story change its impact?

3. Friesen can imagine a Canada that is “respectful of all, generous to all, and joining arms to welcome ever more people from around the world. ” Can you imagine that? What would need to happen for that to be possible? Why is the Leafs winning the Stanley Cup more difficult to imagine?

4. How does greed and self-centredness impede our imaginations and keep us from seeing the true meaning of Christmas? How does the commercialization of Christmas impact the message? How can we foster a generous Christmas spirit in each other this season?

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