It's that time of year when the weather is frosty and nippy. A holiday spirit is in the air. Christmas decorations are turning hotels into wonderlands. Stockings hang around the fireplaces, mulled cider brews in the hospitality areas.
Jumping right into that mix are the various COG's who hold their annual Christmas Family Weekends.
COGWA does it, UCG does it. LCG has smaller versions.
The one I want to highlight today is the Church of God a Worldwide Association.
COGWA is heading off to celebrate being part of the world at Galt House in Louisville, Kentucky.
The Galt House has these wonderful holiday activities planed:
Experience the Magic and Wonder of Christmas at the Galt House Hotel!Christmas at the Galt House Hotel is so spectacular, it’s featured on the Travel Channel’s Christmas Crazy special. The event is fast becoming an annual tradition for families across the U.S. Located in Louisville, Kentucky, Christmas at the Galt House Hotel will get your family in the holiday spirit!
New for 2013:
Sing ‘n’ Joy International Choral Festival and CompetitionExperience the culture and traditions of choirs from across the globe as they show off their talents in this first-of-its-kind in the Americas event. Learn more.
Ernie the EngineerErnie the Engineer is excited to join Christmas at the Galt House Hotel and meet all the Junior Engineers who visit. He knows they’ll just love riding the Peppermint Express Kiddie Train Ride through the Candy Cane Forest. Learn more.
Ernie the Engineer’s Express LunchErnie the Engineer will host a new Express Lunch that will give Junior Engineers the chance to enjoy and assist in engineering a large model train display. Plus, guests will take part in an interactive lunch and tour KaLightoscope Christmas. Learn more.
Santa’s Sleigh ExperienceJump in the sleigh and help Santa deliver presents with the magic of a green screen. You’ll get a photo of your family and can download a video of your Santa’s Sleigh Experience. Located in the Christmas Village. Learn more.
Make a FlakeLearn how to make beautiful snowflakes that feature everything from snowmen to birds to dinosaurs, oh my! Located in the Christmas Village.
Santa CamCapture your kids' visit with Santa Claus on video, then download and share this precious moment with family and friends. Located in the RIVUE Tower, 2nd Floor, outside KaLightoscope Christmas.
As COGWA willingly immerses itself in the rituals of Christmas, it hypocritically calls the weekend this:
Here is a COG who claims they had to break away from UCG because they thought UCG had one foot in the world and cared less about God's laws. Yet, COGWA is sticking both feet into the middle of a huge Christmas party and is acting as if not a single person at the resort will be celebrating Christmas. As they turn their heads as they walk past the Christmas trees and refuse the holiday treats, they will be focused solely on how much Satan has ruined their lives.
I can guarantee you that many COGWA members take great delight in being in the midst of the holiday cheer. It makes them feel a little more "normal" to tell friends and coworkers that they spent the weekend at Galt House, which is well know for it's Christmas celebrations. People will assume they were there for of the Christmas fun and not there celebrating how much power Satan seems to have over them.
So if you are in Galt House over the holidays and see a bunch of self-righteous people with their noses in the air, IGNORING the Christmas cheer all around them, you will know they are setting a righteous example by being separate from the world while begrudgingly having to live in it.