New American: The War on Christmas

Imagine, if you will, a gala birthday party given in your honor. The guests will sing, dance, give presents, eat, drink, and have the merriest of times. The hitch: your name will not be mentioned, the gifts will not be for you, the celebrants won’t be thinking about you, and everyone would sort of prefer that you not come.

Nativity scene

I normally don’t refer to, what I consider a spritual battle that goes on every day, the attempt to squelch Christmas from the U.S. culture as the “War on Christmas.” Maybe, it’s because I know how badly secularists cringe at this expression. However, this post in the New American is so good and so succinct that I will give its headline its just reward.

Be sure to click to the full story where you can get information on the steps to take “to defend against the War on Christmas.”

After all, there truly is a War on Christmas!

This by John Eidsmoe for the New American:

The War on Christmas

Because “public life” now entails virtually every part of our lives, erasing references to God entirely from public life means virtually eliminating them from America.

Imagine, if you will, a gala birthday party given in your honor. The guests will sing, dance, give presents, eat, drink, and have the merriest of times. The hitch: your name will not be mentioned, the gifts will not be for you, the celebrants won’t be thinking about you, and everyone would sort of prefer that you not come.

That’s all that will be left of Christmas if various groups have their way. All across the country, this year as in the past several years, there has been a concerted drive to remove all vestiges of Christianity from the celebration of Christ’s birthday. For example:

• Public schools increasingly call Christmas vacation something like “winter break.”

• Students and teachers are discouraged or prohibited from wishing each other “Merry Christmas,” preferring “Happy Holidays” or “Seasons Greetings” instead.

• Christmas trees are either banned or called “winter trees.”

• Public-school Christmas programs, er, pardon me, “winter programs,” go heavy on “Frosty the Snowman” and “Deck the Halls,” but the traditional Christmas carols are censored.

• Retail store employees are instructed to wish their customers “Happy Holidays” or “Seasons Greetings” rather than “Merry Christmas.”

• Retail catalogs tout their goods as perfect for “the season” but avoid mentioning Christ or Christmas.

• Christmas cards, if I may call them that, wish our friends the “joys of the season” but commonly omit the “Reason for the season.”

• Public buildings such as city halls, fire and police departments, etc., feature holiday displays with holly, reindeer, and candy canes, but no manger scenes and no Baby Jesus.

These practices are far from universal. But they are increasing, and they are part of a concerted drive to cleanse the public arena from any and all vestiges of America’s Judeo-Christian heritage…

Full Story/New American
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14 thoughts on “New American: The War on Christmas

  1. Now, now…@”suppose” …let’s not be harsh. Christmas has become “funny” and “religion is crazy and sometimes does more harm than good.”

    But, let’s see what was meant, because Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Jesus (nothing to do with “religion”).

  2. Wanted to post this comment from Harvester1 on Digg:

    The words “the War on Christmas” may be a bit misleading. What this is is a War on Christ. Luckily, it’s a war that will never be won by those who want to do away with Him! I say: by all means, shop at those places that have replaced greetings of “Merry Christmas” with “Happy Holidays.” Be kind and polite to the staff as they wait on you, and be sure you tell them you hope they enjoy celebrating the day of Jesus’ birth. It’s our job to put Christ back in Christmas, not to fight the politically correct nonsense. I’m willing to bet most of the employees have no problem with your saying “God bless you this Christmas” or “may your family be blessed as you celebrate His birth” as you leave.

    Also, you can Digg this story by going here:
    http://digg.com/world_news/The_War_on_Christmas_7

  3. I don’t abide by the “keep Christ in CHRISTmas” track. I’m an atheist myself, though I DO celebrate Christmas (in a secular way), and I DO say “Merry Christmas” because I think it is an appropriate greeting around the 25th. I think the “holiday” everything is nonsense because it is such a misuse of the English language. After all, “Happy Holidays” can also mean “Bon Voyage”. A ‘holiday” tree could also be construed as one for Arbor Day! So even though we may not all be practicing Christians, let’s at least stick to the truth….and if you can’t say anything meaningful, just keep your cake-hole shut. However the more you harp on the “Christ in Christmas” thing, the more you’re going to marginalize Christmas, and see it disappear.

  4. @Cherenow…it’s impossible to “marginalize Christmas” while “harping on the ‘Christ in Christmas’ thing” because the birth of Jesus is not only historical, but something outside the realm of any humans attempt at marginalizing.

    His birth, life, death, and resurrection happened regardless of how we profess Him, or celebrate Him, or even deny Him.

  5. Okay, Alexander. But remember that that is strictly a religious perspective and is not going to be accepted by all. There are plenty of people who believe that Jesus never existed. And you’ll never convince them otherwise. I love Christmas (or at least used to) and I grew up with it. But I see it as a cultural concept now, not a religious one….I think that is the key to its survival. If you try to force it on the rest of the population with all its religious glory you will get nowhere. All that will be left will be “Jingle Bells” and snowmen with Happy Holidays emblazoned on them. But I hope you had a Merry Christmas and will have a Happy New Year!

  6. Okay cherenow.Yuo can’t steal Christmas by calling it a cutural concept,Christmas is for Christians and Christianity is not a religion.Religions of this world appease their followers with manmade laws so as to not offend their congregations.A Christians beliefs are based on The Word of God only……Sola Scriptura…..The Bible only

  7. Uh—-Alexander—-excuse me, please—-I think Christianity IS a religion. And Christmas is celebrated (in a secular way) by many non-Christians. This is a FACT. Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, Shinto, agnostics, atheists and freethinkers (I’m one), and even some Jews (I know some) enjoy putting up Christmas trees in their homes, giving Christmas presents to non-Christians, even saying “Merry Christmas” when it’s appropriate. In Japan, which is mainly Buddhist and Shinto and only about 2% Christian, they love to celebrate Christmas as a “fun” festival with lights, decorations, Santa Clauses, etc. Here in the US we do have a majority Christian population but we also have separation of church and state. You CANNOT force Christmas as a religious concept down the throats of the entire 300 million plus population. Same thing everywhere else in the Western world, which is secular by definition. You are certainly free to believe in your deep religious convictions. But you cannot make everyone else share them. Unless you want a theocracy which I don’t think would really fly.

  8. @cherenow…I think your last comment is directed at John Lyons. However, I agree with him. Although, Christmas is celebrated many different ways…what those that have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ do is remember that God sent His son, as a human baby born of Mary.

    Stating the factual is not “forcing anything.”

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