Christmas: Coulda sworn it was Christian.

It looks like Maryville, TN, will be allowed to have their Christmas reading from the book of Luke, after all!

I am consistently bothered every year by the lack of thought that comes from the “tolerant” crowd.  I am not supposed to say “Merry Christmas,” but “Happy Holidays.”  I am not really sure where this came from, because were it not for Christmas, what exactly would we be celebrating?  No Wiccan has ever offered me a “Happy Yule” card, and while I am richly aware of the celebrations of Hannukah (I am a former Messianic congregant) and Kwanzaa (interesting article on Kwanzaa HERE), when your town is having a tree lighting festival, I thik that is pretty much distinctly Christmas.  So, my question is this:  If we really want separation of church and state, why is the town paying for the celebration?  Or better yet, why does the town have a Christmas tree? 

Look, “tolerant” folks, I get that you think it is wrong to be “forced” into celebrating something you don’t believe in.  No problem.  I get it.  But, don’t ruin it for the rest of us.  When you come up with “Happy nothing,” I will wish you the best, but don’t confuse the issue.  Without the Christian holiday of Christmas, there is nothing to celebrate (other than Hannukah or Kwanzaa) during the “holiday season.”  If someone were to wish me happy Hannukah, or happy Kwanzaa, I have no problem acknowledging that they are doing so because for them, it is, in fact Kwanzaa or Hannukah.  So how about can the whole “tolerance” issue, let us read nativity stories, you get a day off of work where you don’t have to do anything, and let’s really be tolerant.

Merry Christmas!

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4 thoughts on “Christmas: Coulda sworn it was Christian.

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  1. Good point. You don’t see people lighting a menorah and saying some generic holiday greeting – everyone knows a menorah is distinctly for Hanukkah. But for whatever reason with something distinctly Christian, we need to water it down so no one gets offended. Quite the double standard.
    Although, I guess other winter holidays have not been quite so mass-marketed as Christmas has been in the past century. I guess it goes to show you that when people start to profit off of your religion you can expect this sort of thing to happen, and since so many people (both Christians and non-Christians) have bought into the marketing aspect of the holiday we took the sacredness out of it and then got mad when the rest of the world took it one step further. I’m not saying you can’t have a tree and buy presents, but overall the celebration of Jesus’ birth is greatly overshadowed by our cultural traditions.
    Hmm… How do we go about reconciling that?

  2. Great points! I think you hit the nail on the head in stating that we have become upset by seeing the marketing aspect of Christmas being taken too far!

    How to reconcile? Hmm, good question. I think we in the church need to first sit down and think of what we are celebrating. I am pretty sure that all too often, we lose ourselves in the secular/marketing aspect of the holidays, and in the race to buy/give the perfect gift, we miss out on that most perfect of gifts we have already received. I would say to reconcile would take the message beginning in the pulpit and ending with Christians speaking with their closed wallets to the Wal-Marts, Best Buys, and Targets of the world.

  3. Oh yea, how do you get Jesus and Santa together to celebrate the same thing and celebrate it as all
    in one belief in the same being the same? It should just be Jesus birthday alone and we celebrate
    by giving gifts and celebrated like a birthday party.Happy Holidays for the month of Dec. You have
    Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and Yule etc.

  4. We do that because the legend of Santa Claus is a thoroughly Christian tradition rooted in the history of Saint Nicholas, the bishop of Myra (a region in Turkey) during the fourth century AD. Saint Nicholas was known for gifting needy children, and so for Christians, the tradition developed to give gifts to others. It is not an issue that we believe that other holidays shouldn’t be celebrated, but it is the ridiculous notion that, for some reason, even though the major holiday celebrated at this time of year is Christmas, we somehow would celebrate the other holidays just as vigorously. I just feel that it should be okay to say merry Christmas instead of happy holidays.

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