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Christmas or Holiday - What do you call it?

16 years ago

Christmas or Happy Holidays - What do you call it?

Deck the Halls with boughs of holly...

Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way...

Frosty the Snowman, was a jolly happy soul...

You'd better not pout, you'd better not cry...

You get the idea! Christmas is coming!

I was in a Walmart store yesterday and needed to pick

up a box of Christmas cards.

And that's when I noticed it...

Among the rows of boxed cards on the shelves, I could

not find ONE boxed set that said "Merry Christmas" on

the front of the cards!

Not ONE!

Now, if I went to the greeting card aisle,

there were cards with the phrase.

But not in the boxed cards.

It's official.

The completely unoffensive to even the most Scroogey

of Scrooges, "Happy Holidays", has replaced

"Merry Christmas" as the primary phrase for the season.

Of course, it is followed only by "Season's Greetings"

Walmart employees aren't allowed to even say "Merry Christmas".

Many other stores have follow suit.

Meanwhile, the majority of Americans will be waking

up to Christmas morning on December 25th, celebrating

the birth of the Christ-child.

So why are some in the public arena desperate to

appeal to political correctness?

Why have some in this generation succumbed to the pressure

to allow bullies and thugs to remove Christmas

decorations, trees and lights from many city squares?

I never had a problem with Christmas.

In fact, I LOVED the idea of Santa Claus, snowmen,

Charlie Brown TV specials and reindeer.

I would never tell anyone else how to celebrate and I

certainly didn't feel pressured to celebrate just because others were.

But some people aren't happy unless they can dictate

what others can and can not do. I call 'em "control freaks" ;-)

To the Scrooges of this world who would seek to offend

millions by attempting to steal the spirit of Christmas,

I refer to the lesson that was learned by none other

than our green friend, the Grinch...

"Christmas came - it came just the same"

As long as there is another Christmas day, the spirit of

Christmas will continue in the hearts of those who

truly understand the meaning and seek to celebrate the

reason for the season.

It's not about snow. I don't think they'll have any

in South Texas this year. But Christmas will still be here.

It's not about presents. There are some families that

can't afford gifts for their children this year.

Christmas will still be here.

It's not about Santa. While there is a foundation in the

church for St. Nicholas, the fat red home invader is

about as unspiritual and non-offensive as it gets.

But get rid of Santa and you've still got Christmas.

Our largely secular society has attempted to turn

Christmas into something it's not.

But just as a rose by any other name remains a rose,

Christmas by any other name is still Christmas.

And Christmas is about Christ. Pure and simple.

Those who would seek to take down the lights, ban the

trees and silence the harmonious voices of the carolers

will never be able to take Christ from Christmas.

THAT is the reason we celebrate. He is THE Gift.

And I don't mind being politically incorrect in saying so.

Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, another

holiday or nothing at all, I hope the season is filled

with nothing but goodness and joy for you and your family.

Here is a link that might be useful: The Ultimate Christmas Guide

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