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‘CHRISTMAS, CHRISTMAS, CHRISTMAS’ … they don’t scare me

In taking up for all that is right and true (and simply the facts), I’ll be marking each and every reference to &#8220CHRISTMAS” this week with capital letters. As you’ve likely heard, there’s a segment of the population who believes we shouldn’t say &#8220CHRISTMAS” anymore, and there is a really big push this year to eliminate any &#8220Christ” reference from &#8220CHRISTMAS” altogether. Call it holy wars or whatever you may, but heathens helped take prayer out of public schools four decades ago. I say we don’t give them the same chance to slip in and rob us of the true meaning of our of our biggest holidays as well.

As it is with most matters of national and international proportion, I’ll admit I’m no expert. But I do believe I can offer some pretty good argument for one side of the fence.

Yes, &#8220CHRISTMAS” has become too commercialized. While attending my wife’s &#8220CHRISTMAS” dinner where she works Monday evening I heard a gentlemen in the food line use this analogy joking with the people standing near him. &#8220They say &#8220CHRISTMAS” is an ‘American’ holiday. But we celebrate the birth of a child born in Jerusalem with a tree originating from Japan, decorated with lights and ornaments made in Tiawan, and we buy each other gifts made in China,” he said. Yes, Virginia, there is a &#8220CHRISTMAS”, and it is not an American holiday, but a celebration for all Christ-based believers everywhere.

Commercialized as it may have become, there’s still nothing wrong with celebrating the birth of Christ with &#8220CHRISTMAS”. It’s something we believers have done for some 2,000 years now, through wars and oppression in many parts of the world. Now, or so it would seem, the oppression is reaching our borders with growing frequency and intensity, especially with this &#8220CHRISTMAS” debate.

I have no problem whatsoever with other cultures. I have no problem with people of other faiths outside Christianity, with the exception that I reckon some folks are way off the mark. Several years ago while working toward a college degree I had to take a couple religious classes. I signed up for &#8220Intro To Religion”, believing it would tell me how the Baptists, Methodists, Nazarenes and Pentecostals were different from each other. I discovered the class dealt with far eastern religions, middle eastern origins of modern religion forms, and only the last couple weeks dealt with Christianity … all the afore-mentioned denominations lumped in with the Presbyterians, Catholics and a half-dozen lesser-known varieties. It was a fascinating class taught by a little woman with advanced degrees in education and religious studies who was a Christian by upbringing, a Russian Orthodox by practice, and who’s aging mother had become a Pentecostal late in life. The great thing was that the instructor gave each religion equal time and attention. Not once did she denounce any form of worship. She had her beliefs, I had mine and the other students had theirs – and we all got along for the eight weeks just fine.

But now, after 2,000 years of celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ in some form or fashion … as of the last couple hundred years with &#8220CHRISTMAS” as we’ve come to know it … now a small segment of the population is telling us we should eliminate &#8220CHRISTMAS” from our vocabulary. It’s gone so far that some of our largest retailers in the nation are supposedly scared to use &#8220CHRISTMAS” in their advertising and in-store marketing. I’d like to see the statistics on what percentage of &#8220product buyers” in this nation alone at &#8220CHRISTMAS” time are of a Christ-based faith versus all other faiths put together. I suppose that number would be high, but then again I imagine we’d be also surprised to see how many non-Christian believers are using Christ’s birthday as an opportunity to pad their own toyboxes, closets and garages with gifts they probably don’t need anyway.

I could go on and on, but to wrap this up I’ll refer to the argument that says if we shouldn’t celebrate &#8220CHRISTMAS” for its true meaning, then maybe we shouldn’t close the government offices, banks and businesses that day and give everybody a day off with pay to mark a holiday which we can’t even call by name anyway. I suspect if that was truly a possibility we would have a lot of sudden &#8220converts” to the &#8220CHRISTMAS” way of thinking.

As for me, I with you all a &#8220Happy Holiday,” but remember that it wouldn’t be near as &#8220happy” without &#8220CHRISTMAS” – or borrowing a phrase from a decade ago, the real &#8220reason for the season”.

God Bless and Merry Christmas to one and all.

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