Zephaniah 3:1-20 · The Future of Jerusalem
An Invitation to Joy
Zephaniah 3:14-20
by Mary S. Lautensleger

Stan Freberg has written a musical farce parodying the commercialization of the Advent season, appropriately naming it Green Chri$tma$. That is green as in money, with dollar signs in place of the letter "S" in Christmas. In starring roles are two of our old seasonal favorites, Bob Cratchet and Ebenezer Scrooge. You may as well spell Scrooge with a dollar sign, too, because he is typecast as a greedy, unscrupulous Madison Avenue advertising executive who is out to exploit Christmas in every way imaginable.1

On the other hand, Bob Cratchet, who understands the real reason for the season, is up against incredible odds. Cratchet is the owner of a small spice company in East Orange, New Jersey. He wants to mail his customers Christmas cards picturing the three Magi bearing gifts to the Christ…

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