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War on Christmas, Is It Over Yet?

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Christmas season is a time of giving and peace. It is the time we gather with family, relatives, close friends to celebrate the birth of Christ and his life. Christmas is a celebration that is widely known throughout the whole world and has been around for a very long time. There was a time when greeting people in the street,"Merry Christmas!" does not mean that one must be a Christian, but means to enjoy the celebration with your loved ones.
Whether an individual or a group have a strong objective about this specific long historical tradition, it is not a right to enforce another belief for the sake of having good intentions. Just imagine other countries where other special holidays are celebrated. There are groups of people with different religious beliefs, but nobody ever claims to make any changes because they somehow felt it was inappropriate. The same should go for this country, a tradition that had been widely accepted should not be infringed. What moral rights does
another religion or group of people to change one's traditional greeting for the sake of not offending other people?

With Christmas just around the corner. People are busy spending time with families, shopping for gifts, preparing meals, and gearing up for this holiday. Every year this issue enters the spotlight for many people. An increasing awareness in the social media and surroundings that causing people to question what really is the issue of war on Christmas. One question to consider is whether this is really an important issue in today's society considering our economy is failing and freedom is being threatened in America. Looking at some news and social media sites that show headlines such as, "How one U.S. city went from the city of Christmas to banning a 60 Nativity tradition Altogether", "This destruction is not as simple as you think; The Slow death of Christmas", "Kid Christmas Carolers reportedly booted off Grocery stores' property Over fears they would offend customers",or "Surprise: New Yorkers aren't loving atheists' anti Christmas Billboard.", It pretty much sums up the reason why this issue arise every year. An important aspect to consider is the freedom of religion. Regardless of how Christianity arrogated this tradition, Christmas is an important and spiritual event for the Christian religion. To partake on this long historical celebration while having strong objections of how it should be is just hipocrisy.

Overall, one can speak freely about this traditional holiday, but to be offended by a traditional greeting while stepping on U.S. soil without having to learn a little bit about history and culture is just plain
ridiculous. To enforce another belief because of strong objection to the traditions of Christmas is not a demonstration of what all religion teach us, which is acceptance and respect of people of different backgrounds. To pressure another religion to change their own values and beliefs is offensive in any form.

It is important to realize that instead of arguing whether it should be "Merry Christmas" or "Happy Holidays", maybe the focus should be shifted on families, organizations, and charitable causes that help the less fortunate and don't have the means to celebrate Christmas.

After all, Christmas is all about giving.



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