Christmas with all of its displays and the mentioning of Jesus Christ as the greatest symbol of our Christian celebration of His birth has been a part of America’s culture since its inception. In fact, He is more than a symbol; He is the reason for the season. His birth brought about the greatest promise to man that we have ever received from God. Christ was the greatest teacher to ever walk the earth and He alone was able to give His life for our sakes that we might be forgiven of all our sins and be able to return and live with our Heavenly Father someday.
It’s a shame that celebrating Christmas has become such a political issue and that doing so depends on what local governments and our Supreme Court rules legal and acceptable by their standards. It’s even more of a shame that teachers, students and employees of certain business chains are told that they cannot display certain Christmas symbols or even say "Merry Christmas" if they wish to because they don’t want to “offend” anyone. The really sad thing is that those who are offended make up such a small part of our population and there is no concern about how we, as Christians, may be offended at being told we must respect the rights of a few who wish to dismantle our Christian beliefs and traditions.
There have been controversies over Christmas displays, greetings and celebrations, including the singing of Carols since the 1980s.
In 2002 the public schools in New York City banned having the Nativity Scene displayed but did allow Christmas trees, Hanukkah menorahs and the Muslim star and crescent. What? Why was a Muslim symbol allowed? We were not founded on any Muslim religion; it was and is, still, the Judeo-Christian religion. This was probably the beginning of our acceptance of the Muslim, so-called religion. It makes one wonder why suddenly we were allowing a foreign religion to have equal rights with our Judeo-Christian roots. The Muslim influence has since then been trying to gain more and more control over what is allowed on Christian Holidays.
Controversies have continued sometimes making it difficult if not impossible for Christians to continue their annual Christmas celebrations without interference from somewhere.
In the 1980s controversies over references to Christmas trees also arose. Once again a way to try to take Christ out of Christmas by calling them holiday trees. The generic name of holiday trees may be okay for some but at Christmas they are Christmas trees.
Sometimes one has to wonder why we have allowed traditions that have been around for centuries without any controversy become a point of political correctness as their place in our Christmas celebrations are being questioned.
Christ has been around a lot longer than any of us and He is the reason we celebrate Christmas, so why all the controversy? What’s the point? Sorry, it must have been a senior moment.
Oh, yes of course, Christmas and Christianity in general, is so offensive to those who don’t believe in it. Yes and because they don’t believe in it, we should not be allowed to celebrate it the way we have for centuries.
Let’s not forget the controversies with retail stores because of Christ being taken out of ads, banners and signs that say Happy Holidays instead of Merry Christmas and employees being silenced from saying Merry Christmas.
A Facebook friend of mine told me yesterday about her experience at a Walmart check-out when she wished a cashier, Merry Christmas. The cashier remained silent but then whispered that they were not allowed to say Merry Christmas but they could say Happy Holidays because that would include everybody.
Well here's some news for them or any other businesses, retailers or restaurant owners that have silenced their employees from saying Merry Christmas. It doe not include this writer and I would venture to say any of my family and friends on and offline, because they are trying to take away our right to exchange Merry Christmas greetings with whomever we choose. To silence employees because of political correctness is just plain wrong. It's always been a joy at Christmas to share this greeting with anyone and everyone; why should any of us be denied that privilege? The key word here is "share" because it is given and received. It may seem like a small unimportant thing to some people, but it's a part of our Christmas and what gives anyone the right to say we can't do it because of the opinions of just a few?
This writer and everyone who observes Christmas should be able to not only say Merry Christmas but should be able to mention the name of Christ in any situation no matter where they are. We should be able to display our religious symbols freely without fear of being told that we must remove them or be fined, and/or jailed.
Here's something pretty cool that I read online. It seems that in Redmond,Washington signs have been popping up all over town that say, “It’s okay to say "Merry Christmas". It looks like someone really wants to get that message out!
With more and more controversies arising over the legality and appropriateness of our Christmas traditions in the work place, schools, businesses and retail stores where we shop, this writer is concerned that our time-accepted religious traditions may be taken from us.
If the powers that be can control how we express our religious beliefs at Christmas time or any time out of fear of offending a few, where then, is religious liberty?
We must take a stand this Christmas and make sure that we don’t just accept the Happy Holidays greetings. We can do that with one very simple question to those who say Happy Holiday(s). Just ask them, “Which holiday are you referring to?” Then if they answer at all and say Christmas, ask them, “Why didn’t you say that in the first place?” Then politely wish them a Merry Christmas. Quite a few Facebook friends really like that idea. What do you think?
This writer, for one, will not stop saying, Merry Christmas. It’s been part of a life of Christmas traditions and it will not be stopped for anyone. If this article offends anyone, oh, well. It wasn't written for you.
Now, may each and every one who reads this article have a wonderfully blessed Christmas and a super great New Year. MERRY CHRISTMAS, EVERYONE!