Towns and stores across America are replacing Christmas with the word holiday after receiving complaints, much to the dismay of many citizens. Why is it that the word Christmas offends anyone? Christmas was not set aside as a National Legal Holiday because it was a celebration of anything other than the birth of Christ. Now because of “Political Correctness” and the few people who are complaining, our nation is falling victim to removing the word Christmas from the very day set aside to honor the birth of Christ.
Do We as a Nation Change the Name of Other Religious Holidays?
Not one person takes offense to the Muslim holiday name of Ramadan, when Muslims all over the world observe a month of restraining themselves from food, drink, sexual intercourse, smoking, gossip and looking at or listening to anything unlawful. Ramadan is a time for Muslims to cleanse their bodies and souls, and refocus themselves to the worship of God.
Not one person takes offense to the Jewish Holiday of Rosh Hashanah when Jewish people celebrate their New Year, or Hanukkah that celebrates the Jewish troops regaining control over their Temple. The Temple needed to be purified by the burning of a Menorah for eight days. There was only enough oil for one day’s worth of burning, but the when the Menorah was lit, to the surprise of everyone the oil lasted for the eight days. This is the miracle of the Hanukkah oil, and it is celebrated every year by Jewish people lighting the Menorah over a course of eight days.
Not one person takes offense to African Americans celebrating Kwanzaa for seven days. This holiday is marked by lighting a Kinara candle-holder, it honors African Heritage, unity, culture and faith. Created in 1966 by Ron Karenga, Kwanzaa is celebrated from December 26 to January 1.
However, people do take offense to Christmas, which is the celebration of the birth of Christ. Christians all over the world observe Christmas on December 25 by attending church services and having special meals with their families, decorating with green, singing Christmas Hymns and gift giving that represents the Magi bringing gifts to the infant Jesus. Because the tradition of gift giving is now associated with modern Christmas and Santa Claus, some people of other religions feel that the word Christmas is no longer “politically correct” and they want Christmas to only be considered a winter holiday.
The same people who have a problem with Christmas scenes or Christmas trees, do not have a problem with the Menorah, the Star and Crescent, or the Kinara being displayed and called by their correct names, yet when it comes to displaying a Nativity they do have a problem. This problem with the word Christmas has gone so far that towns and stores across America are removing the word Christmas from signs that have represented events for decades.
One in particular is the city of Philadelphia and the event always known as Christmas Village. Christmas Village is an outdoor market in downtown Philadelphia that is fashioned after European Christmas markets like those in Germany. The vendors have always included those from the Jewish religion, Muslims, and Christians. A Jewish Vendor” Jamie Hertzog” is quoted as saying, “I love the name Christmas Village, I tell people that’s where I go”. (abclocal.com). Because of complaints made against the multi-cultural market being called Christmas village, the city of Philadelphia took down every sign that said Christmas.
According to msnbc.com there are eight companies who are against Christmas. Msnbc.com provides a link to the eight retailers who are in this group, Companies against Christmas . Also provided in the table are retailers who are “for Christmas, those who marginalize Christmas and those eight who are against Christmas”. The eight retailers against Christmas are, Banana Republic, Barnes and Noble, CVS, The Gap, Hancock Fabrics, NASCAR, Office Depot, Radio Shack, Staples, SUPERVALU, and Victoria’s Secret.
When you visit these stores to purchase your Christmas decorations or gifts, you will find Christmas trees, Nativity scenes, Christmas stockings, Christmas decorations, and ornaments, yet the employees are not allowed to say Merry Christmas, and you will also notice there are no Merry Christmas signs. What hypocrites these stores are, they are making profits selling Christmas items, yet they will not officially recognize the name Christmas. Everything is replaced with the words Happy Holidays. The people who made this decision do not mind getting the day off for Christmas, yet they will not display or say the word.
Public schools no longer call the days the school close for Christmas, the Christmas recess, now they refer to it as winter recess. There is a choral concert listed on school calendars during the Christmas holidays, where the chorus will sing Christmas carols, and a breakfast with Santa, but they will no longer call it what is really is, Christmas.
This is a very sad state of affairs when political correctness removes the word Christmas, but not other holiday names. President Ulysses S. Grant declared Christmas a legal holiday in 1870, this bill was approved by the Congress and the Senate on June 28, 1870. Now, it is the same Government of the United States of America, that hears arguments in a court of law and rules against public schoolchildren singing songs that include the word Jesus, and state that Christmas trees be renamed holiday trees, etc.
Maybe anyone who wants to replace Christmas with the word holiday, should not take that day off from work, or accept a Christmas bonus, or Christmas gift. People come to live in America because of our freedoms, and now some are trying to take the freedom of celebrating Christmas, the birth of Christ away. This season exists in America because the Government declared Christmas a holiday, knowing that Christians celebrated this time as the birth of Christ, not just a time to exchange gifts and celebrate a winter recess. Do not forget the reason for the season, the birth of Christ that we call Christmas.