The popular Christmas song Deck the Halls conveys the importance of the holiday season's time of festivity.
It's a season that invokes the popular phrase, "peace on earth and goodwill toward men. It conveys the spirit of giving and kindness. It's a time that brings the best of the holiday season.
The melody is said to be of Welsh descent from the 1700s and made popular by a violin and piano duet by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
Now, Hallmark is reinventing Deck the Halls in what seems to be a politically correct move. The war on Christmas is starting early this year. Some in the world are cheering Hallmark's move to change the way Christmas in viewed in the eyes of the world. Many might even consider the change as the best yuletide gift ever.
CNN reports that Hallmark Cards manufactured a Christmas ornament, a red sweater, with the words "Don we now our fun apparel."
The traditional line from the famous Christmas song is "Don we now our gay apparel." CNN says that Hallmark defended the change in lyrics. The company said the following about the change:
"When the lyrics to 'Deck the Halls' were translated from Gaelic and published in English back in the 1800's, the word 'gay' meant festive or merry," according to a statement released Wednesday. "Today it has multiple meanings, which we thought could leave our intent open to misinterpretation."
Hallmark continued their explanation about the change by saying: "The trend of wearing festively decorated Christmas sweaters to parties is all about fun, and this ornament is intended to play into that," the statement said. "So the planning team decided to say what we meant: fun."
Hallmark's Facebook page has exploded with people for and against the controversial ornament.
The war on Christmas takes place every year. An early shot that was fired this year in the war was when Texas legislature passed the HB 308 or the "Merry Christmas Bill" in May.
The Blaze reported on Oct. 30, that one "N.J. School District Bans Religious Songs During Winter Concerts," according to The Blaze. The war on Christmas is nothing new there always seems to be a push every year to make the holiday season more politically correct.
Christianity Examiner Commentary
Despite whether the music is secular or Christian, it would seem many today are trying to change the way the world sees Christmas. The change made by Hallmark appears to appeal to a minority. It's the same minority trying to impose their world-views on the majority.
The reason many of us celebrate Christmas is because of what it represents. Christians believe the holiday season calls us to remember the greatest gift ever given to mankind, Jesus Christ. He's our example of why we should always give the best we have to others, to be a blessing to others.
Regardless of what the season represents to you, this country was founded upon the idea of worshipping God as each man's conscious sees fit. If some choose not to seek after God, that's their right. All we ask is that you respect our right as we respect yours.
A closing quote comes from John Adams, one of our founding fathers and the second president of our great nation
"We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Avarice, ambition, revenge, or gallantry would break the strongest cords of our Constitution as a whale goes through a net. Our Constitution was made for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”
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