It is five days before Thanksgiving and I have been wishing my customers “Happy Holidays.” Yet, I am already getting kickback that I should be saying “Merry Christmas” and that there is a war against Christmas. This goes along with the “persecution” of Christian by the godless secular American government.
Now, this is nothing new. In 1659 the Puritans of New England forbade the celebration of Christmas. They believed that the “superstitiously” practice was an affront to God. Their decree read,
“For preventing disorders arising in several places within this jurisdiction, by reason of some still observing such festivals as were superstitiously kept in other countries, to the great dishonor of God and offense of others, it is therefore ordered by this Court and the authority thereof, that whosoever shall be found observing any such day as Christmas or the like, either by forbearing of labor, feasting, or any other way, upon such accountants as aforesaid, every person so offending shall pay of every such offence five shillings, as a fine to the county.”
It seems that many evangelical Christians forget that theirs is not the only holiday celebrated this time of year. The Pagans will celebrate the Winter Solstice over a 10-day period. In 2019, the winter solstice arrives on Saturday, December 21, at 11:19 pm EST (or 4:19 am GMT on December 22 in England), when the earth tilts on its axis at 23.5 degrees towards the orbital plane.
Our Jewish brethren celebrate Chanukah and the Talmud recognizes the winter solstice as “Tekufah Tevet.” The Hopi Indians of North America celebrate Soyal. The ancient Roman festival of Saturnalia is perhaps the most closely linked with the modern celebration of Christmas. Then there is Kwanzaa, a celebration of family, community and culture started by Dr. Maulana Karenga in 1966.
We also celebrate the western New Year, the Orthodox Christmas and a myriad of other holidays during the season.
So I believe that “Happy Holidays” is most appropriate. Unless they are wearing a symbol of their beliefs around their neck, I have no idea if a person is Christian, Pagan or Jewish?
Back to the war on Christmas. Presidential candidate Donald Trump in 2015 famously stated,
“You know, you go from one thing to the next to the point where it’s not politically correct to say ‘Merry Christmas’ to anybody, or you go to stores and you don’t ever see the word ‘Christmas’ anymore. We are going to start saying ‘Merry Christmas’ again.”
Yet we see Christmas advertising and Christmas music in the retail stores starting a month before Thanksgiving. (It was in 1941 when Franklin D. Roosevelt moved the official date of Thanksgiving to the fourth Thursday in November to help enhance the winter retail season.)
According to the New York Times, “the idea of a plot against Christmas gained wide publicity when Fox News promoted a 2005 book by a radio host, John Gibson, that alleged liberal antagonism toward the holiday.”
“(Gibson) said it primarily focused on an issue that rarely happens anymore: educators and local officials banning nonreligious symbols like Santa Claus or Christmas trees out of a mistaken belief that displaying them violated the Constitution.” (Even though the “Christmas tree” represents a celebration of Christ’s Mass.)
Conservatives personalities like Bill O’Reilly believe that liberal Americans want to “secularize” our government and Christmas has nothing to do with the new world order. Personally, I find this line of thought greatly misplaced.
Dan Cassino, a professor at Fairleigh Dickinson University, said, “(Christian conservatives) say the next step after saying ‘Happy Holidays’ is abortion on demand and euthanasia. That’s a hell of a slippery slope, but that’s the argument being made.”
So the plot to wage war on Christianity and Christmas is a wholehearted conspiracy theory held by the evangelical and conservative Christians that have no basis in fact. No one is preventing Christians from saying Merry Christmas, or going to church on December 25 at midnight to celebrate the birth of Jesus of Nazareth, or stimulating the economy by buying toys and other gifts for friends and relatives. It is a myth to justify the lack of growth in their churches as the “Nones” and atheists grow in number.
There is no war on Christmas in the United States.
So for this holiday season, I bid you all Peace, Shalom, Salam, 和平, Frieden, 평화, мир, Paz and