Christmas-Either Celebrate it or Don’t!
By: Guest Authors
by Elizabeth Marion
Christmas has always been a time of shopping and gift giving and receiving, but every year it seems to become a time of more and more whining. Sure, we’ve all been frustrated by the long lines at the mall or getting a gift we didn’t like, but I’m referring to the whining about Christmas decorations.
To a certain extent I understand people complaining about religious symbols in or near federal buildings. I disagree, but I understand people taking a stand for separation of church and state. What I really have a problem with is people who whine about their neighbor’s nativity scene being “offensive”. During this time of political correctness, Christians are the ones who really come under fire. Very rarely do you hear someone complaining about how someone is celebrating Hanukkah or Ramadan, but people complain about Christmas frequently.
The assault on Christmas began early this year. One commercial for a clothes store created a jingle celebrating all the winter holidays. The Rockefeller Christmas tree is now just the Rockefeller tree. And a school in Massachusetts is now banning kids from bringing any items relating to Christmas into the classroom. It’s no longer about making sure no one is offended. Now it’s about eliminating Christmas altogether. Christmas is not offensive. It’s about bringing joy to people. It’s about redemption and the celebration of life. It’s bad enough that there are people out there making it difficult for those who celebrate Christmas and telling their kids that Christmas is wrong and if you celebrate Christmas you should celebrate Hanukkah too. What’s even worse are the people who want to celebrate and partake in the celebration of Christmas, but refuse to call it Christmas. They buy gifts for each other and spend the day with the family. They buy a tree and decorate it with lights and ornaments, but they call it the ‘Winter Holiday’ or ‘Santa’s Day’. They do all the things most Christians do on Christmas except set up a nativity scene and read from the Bible, and still convince themselves that they’re not celebrating Christmas. Their celebrating their own special little holiday.
There’s nothing wrong with disliking or not celebrating Christmas, but there is something wrong with trying to take it away from those who do. There doesn’t need to be a big fuss over a kid bringing a candy cane to school or wearing a t-shirt with a picture of Santa. No one should start whining because their neighbor put a nativity scene by their window or Christmas lights across the rooftop. In America, no one should be forced to celebrate a holiday they don’t want to, and no one should be prevented from celebrating because it makes other people uncomfortable. Even if you don’t like it, there’s no need to whine and complain about it. Just don’t celebrate it.