The 25th of December had been traditionally celebrated as Christmas. A symbolic reminder of the birth of Jesus and all things that came with that singular event. Growing up, Christmas meant family, food, Christmas music, and decorating the home. Christmas day was very exciting just because it was Christmas.
I was not raised with being afraid to sing songs with words that have Christ or anything related. O little town of Bethlehem, Silent Night and I Wish You a Merry Christmas were staples on the radio. However, today it has all changed for the worst.
Christmas music is only played on Christian stations; Santa Claus is now the main figure instead of Jesus; the malls are crowded trying to buy frivolous gifts that people will forget or return; and it is PC to say Happy Holidays. While I understand that Christmas day is symbolic and not the actual day of Christ’s birth, it is shameful that Christ is being removed from Christmas.
Before the holidays, my supervisor said something very interesting. She had bought holiday cards that said Merry Christmas and handed them out to the staff. She later realized and was slightly concerned that at least one person professed another religion and she was not sure about a few others. She was concerned that she may have offended at least one for not buying cards that were PC for the season. In my non-PC response to her, I said in a normal (but others can hear) tone that I celebrate Christmas and I refuse to replace Merry Christmas with Happy Holidays.
I really missed Christ out of the holidays. I missed the Jesus birth story on tv and Christmas music playing on the radio. It was sad that Christians cannot fully celebrate Christmas anymore. I respect every other person’s religious rights and celebrations; however, I really don’t believe that we have to eliminate ours in order to accommodate others.
Belated Merry Christmas and have a happy New Year 2014