First it’s Thanksgiving, a holiday gobbled-up by greed and innumerable “Gray Thursday” deals. Now it’s Christmas, being censored and replaced with generic “holiday cheer” in numerous public arenas. With this “war on Christmas” of sorts, I shudder to think what’s in store for other holidays, especially ones with faith-based origins.
It was hard enough to sit back and watch Americans completely skip the one holiday set aside for thanksgiving, all in the name of getting one’s hands on the hottest deals in town. That alone was enough to make me sick to my stomach.
But now to see Christmas being attacked, this time via censorship (which has seemingly been happening more and more over the past several years), was enough to put me over the edge.
By far the most prominent case of the suppression of Christmas is hearing someone knowingly utter “Happy Holidays” in place of “Merry Christmas.” Holiday displays are often allowed in public, granted there’s no connection to the Christian faith. Why on earth does this happen?
The general belief is because some people are supposedly offended by Christmas, since it is after all a Christian holiday. But according to a December 2013 Rasmussen Reports poll, only 21% of American adults prefer the “Happy Holidays” greeting to “Merry Christmas.” So why, then, does our society seem to cater to the minority in eradicating Christmas?
This question continues to puzzle and frustrate me. Other holidays of this season are allowed to be practiced in peace, so why can’t Christmas?
That’s all I want this Christmas season: some peace, quiet and freedom with which to celebrate a holiday that is close to my heart. Because, after all, He is the reason for the season.
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