Judith Victoria Hensley Plain Thoughts
December 12, 2013
Christmas is such a joyful time of year that I can’t imagine why anyone would choose NOT to celebrate. Society in general is so easily pulled around by the nose from people who make themselves seem important and in charge. I’d like to point out that Christmas has been celebrated for centuries. It is true that a lot of pagan practices were revamped and allowed into the church as pagans became believers and wanted to hold on to some of their customs.
Giving gifts, Christmas trees, greeting and good will during the month of December has been around a long, long time. Why all of a sudden after all of this time have a few decided to take Christ out of Christmas and try to call it the Yule Holiday? Why have they made an effort to call Christmas trees Holiday trees instead? Whey has there even been a movement to make the greeters in various stores say Happy Holidays instead of Merry Christmas?
The only reason I can think of is that the people calling the shots want to rewrite history is that they are afraid they might not get every last cent out of the public that they can squeeze out. Even people without Christian beliefs in this holy season will send Holiday greetings, put up a holiday tree and shop holiday bargains.
It does not offend me in the least that Jewish people celebrate Hanukah (or the festival of lights). I like what Ben Stein (writer, actor and a Jew and descendant of Jews) had to say in a broadcast in 2005.
“I don’t feel threatened. I don’t feel discriminated against. That’s what they are — Christmas trees. It doesn’t bother me a bit when people say ‘Merry Christmas’ to me. I don’t think they’re slighting me or getting ready to put me in a ghetto. In fact, I kind of like it. I shows that we’re all brothers and sisters celebrating this happy time of year. It doesn’t bother me one bit that there’s a manger scene on display at a key intersection at my beach house in Malibu.”
“If people want a crèche (manger scene), fine. The menorah a few hundred yards away is fine, too. I do not like getting pushed around for being a Jew, and I don’t think Christians like getting pushed around for being Christians. I think people who believe in God are sick and tired of getting pushed around, period. I have no idea where the concept came from that America is an explicitly atheist country. I can’t find it in the Constitution and I don’t like it being shoved down my throat. Or maybe I can put it another way. Where did the idea come from that we should worship Nick and Jessica (celebrities) and aren’t allowed to worship God as we understand him? I guess that’s a sign that I’m getting old, too. But there are a lot of us who are wondering where Nick and Jessica came from and where the America we used to know went to.” Go Ben Stein!
Trying to rewrite customs, gospel lyrics and Christmas traditions to become less offensive to some and more politically correct to others is absolutely politically INcorrect in and of itself. When those who are truly offended by all the efforts of those without faith to remove all references of faith from those who do, and let their voice be heard, I believe there is still a majority of faithful. In every Christmas card, Christmas carol, Christmas greeting, Christmas gift, and Christmas tree, let our celebration traditions and our voices be raised as a reminder of why we celebrate this season in the first place — the ultimate gift of God to mankind — the birth of Jesus Christ, his Son.