Keeping CHRIST in Christmas

Nativity scene

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“Majority rules” is a standard everyone from the U.S. government to individual groups use to decide how to honor various opinion or choices. Whether deciding on a government health care package or where to hold the senior prom, groups have been using the “majority rules” tactic to resolve issues since the beginning of our country and even before.

The single largest religious group in the world are Christians. While not every Christian or every member of any religion may be a traditional practicing participant, according to statistics Christianity is the proclaimed religion of the majority. So, Mr. Businessman when you decide to eliminate displaying a creche or Nativity scene because it may offend someone, you are saying that you would rather snub the majority than affect a minority of individuals because your business wants to be politically correct. And worse, is the business owner who is a Christian who does not defend beliefs and proudly take the opportunity to validate what he or she values.

Easter and Halloween were once pagan customs yet we permit a secular celebration of these holidays regardless of their meanings in religious circles and now Christmas already too secular, is heading down a path of extinction for what it truly represents…but not totally because of economic reasons although that is a significant aspect, but because the majority of Christians have not rallied, opposed, refused to support, or rolled up their sleeves and yelled, “majority rules, celebrate Christmas as a Christian!…Where\’s the line to see Jesus?

If the majority was strong and vocal, we would see as many reminders of Jesus’ birth as we see “deep discount” posters and tinsel. But we have become complacent to the choices made by many of those who hold our same values simply because we need to shop for gifts and decorations too, so why fight the obvious?

I don’t want to remove the joy of gift giving or the delight of family traditions or holiday celebrations. I don’t mind a Menorah displayed at Hanukkah or a the Muhindi (traditional corn) or Kinara (candle holder) for Kwanzaa  also displayed. What I really mind is the removal of Christian symbols from the Nativity set to spelling of Christmas as “Xmas”; the assumed correctness of saying “happy holidays” rather than “merry Christmas”.  If you are a Christian and you have failed to demonstrate what the season is all about whether in your life or in your business then you have disregarded the reason Christmas began. If there is no birth to celebrate there would have never been a Christmas to acknowledge. This season did not magically appear because businesses needed to sell more twinkling lights. In fact, perhaps what Christians really need to do is dismantle the light display, remove the inflatable  snowman and Santa from the roof and opt for a single sign on the lawn that says, “Happy birthday, Jesus”. Because that is really what it is all about.

Christmas is NOT a time to be politically correct. Just as Martin Luther King Day is a time to recall civil rights and support of racial equality and Memorial Day, a time to remember those who gave their lives in war, Christmas is a time to celebrate the birth of Jesus. You may not like that…but then majority rules.

Isn’t it just as politically incorrect to display green shamrocks on St. Patrick’s Day and hold celebrations and parades in honor of the Irish if our country is filled with people from every nationality? Isn’t it just as politically incorrect to disregard the Germans, Chinese, Italians, and countless other nationalities that made this country a melting pot?

Wake up, America and Christians all over the world. Next year ask to speak to the owners of your favorite restaurants, places of recreation or stores where you shop. Ask if they are Christian and if they are, ask that they display Christian symbols during the Christmas season. If they cannot do that then they are giving Christians everywhere a bad name and failing to observe the reason we celebrate. It’s up to you but this is a season for Christians and regardless of the effect on the economy or the creation of seasonal jobs…IT IS A CHRISTIAN CELEBRATION and should be observed as such everywhere…

Not just because majority rules…but because it’s the only correct thing to do!

About Kathy Brunner

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5 Responses to Keeping CHRIST in Christmas

  1. Charles Johnson says:

    I agree! This year, while shopping at Wal-Mart, a store associate helped me with a family gift idea. His attitude, despite the fact that the store was very busy, was very positive; it made my shopping experience more pleasant. However, as he handed me the gift I had just purchased, I wished him a “Merry Christmas.” He did not even acknowledge the fact that this is the Christmas season as he turned to help the next customer. What a disappointment. I guess Wal-Mart is quite confident that they are so big that they don’t need the business of Christians who do still care about the holidays. Perhaps next year I’ll do all of my Christmas shopping on-line.

    And, I say, Merry Christmas to all and God bless us everyone!

    • Charles,

      I think if more people recognize the disregard for the true meaning of the season and express their dislike and perhaps even how they will respond in the future to such reaction, we could gradually change the materialization of the season.
      Christians are a powerful number, but must have powerful action to get results.
      As always, thank you for your response.
      May you have a blessed Merry Christmas as well.

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