The holy Mystery of Birth, the Christmas Mystery once revealed in such glory, gradually deteriorated in the course of Western civilisation into those sentimentalities which revelled in hymns and songs about the Jesus Babe and were in truth merely the corresponding pole of the increasing materialism. Men wallowed in sentimentalities over the little Child. Banal hymns about the Jesus Babe gradually became the vogue, obscuring men’s feeling of the stupendous Christmas Mystery of the coming of a super-earthly Spirit.
Source: Rudolf Steiner – GA 203 – The Festivals and Their Meaning – II: Easter – IV:
SPIRIT TRIUMPHANT – Dornach, 27th March 1921
Translated by D. S. Osmond, A. P. Shepherd & C. Davy