A friend on Facebook started complaining about Christmas the day after Halloween. If this year is like last year, his complaints will continue throughout the season.

What’s he mad about? You name it. Christmas is too commercial. Too secular. Too pagan. Too materialistic. Too this and too that.

He’s mad because stores capitalize on the birth of Jesus by displaying Christmas decorations. And then he’s mad that employees say “Happy Holidays” instead of “Merry Christmas.”

He’s mad because no one else (but him, apparently) understands the true reason for the season. Of course, based on his comments, it would appear that the true reason is just to complain.

I really don’t understand that point of view. For me, this is (as the song goes) the most wonderful time of the year.

When else can you hear music about Jesus played in shopping centers day after day?

When else can families can watch TV together without being subjected to the typical prime-time vulgarities?

When else do so many people make a sincere effort to embody principles of the Christian faith, such as kindness and generosity?

This is a ¬†wonderful time because so many events — the specifically sacred and the seemingly secular — point to the greatest moment in human history: the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

So, when I hear Andy Williams sing that song, I think: Andy, you’re exactly right. This is the most wonderful time of the year. The birth of Jesus makes it so.