As Christmas draws near we find more and more public places scared to display anything even related to the holiday. With the recent story of a popular airport taking down their Christmas trees because of a threat of suit against them from a Rabbi we find that the world has become overly PC. Christmas has been extremely popularized with retail stores clammering to get their latest toys, clothes and goodies out for the holiday season. These days it’s better to receive then to give.
When you were little it gave your parents great joy to put up their tree and outside lights and every neighbor would compete for the best decorations. The department stores would be filled with holiday colors and cheer with plenty of holiday songs to go around. In the year 2006 it’s considered politically incorrect not to include a Chanukah or Kwanzaa symbols as well. I believe when you take the fun out of a holiday, what’s the point?! It seems that every media story that’s on every FOX News report is sucking the fun out of the holidays. The Attack on Christmas story that the media has made up drives fear into people who rejoice in the celebration of the holiday season. Is there really an attack on Christmas? I have no problem with inclusion, I think all religious holidays should be celebrated and given an equal amount of space on the decoration bandwagon. I find myself from time to time hiding my true feelings for the fear of someone thinking I’m prejudice or biased for one holiday. I myself am Wiccan and we celebrate the Winter Solstice (12/21) and out of respect for my family celebrate Christmas as well. You don’t see me out in the streets and on television protesting the exclusion of Wiccan or Pagan symbols. The Christmas tree which was derived from Pagans was adopted by the Catholic religion in later years.
I’d like to see a kinder, gentler society again, the kind that enjoyed the holidays and the warm feeling of a toasty fire, chestnuts roasting and Macy’s window displays on the streets of NYC. There is no better place to be during the Christmas season than in NYC seeing the beautiful enormous tree getting a hot cocco from Starbucks and taking in the sights. It’s a tradition to see elaborate displays of Christmas cheer and Santa Claus being the number one icon of Christmas making his annual mall appearances. Have we really become a society that is intolerant to diversity that doesn’t believe in doing something for the children? I don’t believe we’ve gotten that bad I don’t see us as being that closed minded that we cannot find it in our hearts to display symbols of love, giving, and hope. These days you can see Bill O’Reily making his rounds on various talkshows making the public believe that Liberals are taking away your right to Christmas because they are somehow attacking Catholocism this is far from true. Liberals as they are called are known to be all inclusive meaning they do not believe that one religion should dominate government rather we should seperate the two, this does not however apply to holidays and decorations.
Being able to display your wreath, tree, or nativity scene is a right that we all welcome however if it’s in a public arena or government property we should see symbols of other religions as well. I think that sounds fair, don’t you? I think that people have gotten a bit overly sensitive and it might be time to concentrate on more of the things that matter. We have a war going on in Iraq where our troops, our husbands, wives, daughters, sons, sisters, brothers, etc. will not be spending the holidays home this year. So we place a yellow ribbon around a wreath or send decorations to Iraq so that our troops can have a bit of home in such a dark place. These days we’ll fight over anything that isn’t nailed down and the things that are we’ll get a court order to fight over. It’s a shame how devisive this country has become, how bitter and angry the population has gotten. It’s not so much fun anymore to live in the United States unless you don’t mind being met with protesting. People look forward to the holidays to work the worries of the year to look forward to a new year with new experiences and memories. Let’s not take away from them what our mothers and fathers gave us as children. It’s the smell in the air, the sound in the streets that makes the holidays that more enjoyable. Maybe in the years to come we can get back to the attitude we once had. Christmas is about celebration it’s about giving and it’s about love.