Now before you Mother Grundy’s chase me out of town for my “scroogensian” (apologies to Charles Dickens – A Christmas Carol) attitude, hear me out.
In the days of my growing up, Christmas was just that, Christmas; a thoroughly enjoyable celebration involving church, family and friends – fellowship. For children especially it was a time of excitement, the nativity play, carols by candlelight, a visit to Santa’s Grotto and so much more. Though behind all of this ran an important Christian message of renewal, thanksgiving and spirituality.
It was not resented or considered an affront by other faiths; indeed I remember the B’nai B’rith stepping into the gap of the emergency services just so their Christian brothers could enjoy their spiritual celebration. I didn’t see this as an indication of resentment!
Nowadays though, it seems that the ‘herd’ won’t hear of this, it will offend people of other faiths. Rather, let’s use generic religiously neutral language which, though it might offend those of the Christian persuasion, at least it won’t offend those of other faiths and we can’t be accused of bias! What a crock! ‘Happy Holidays’, ‘Happy Festive Break’ … why can’t we call it what it is – Christmas? After all, that is the season we are in isn’t it? This was the entire raison d’être for this holiday in the first place. Pretending it isn’t there through alternate naming is going to change nothing and it won’t change the base reason for the celebrations!
If shopkeepers, official offices etc don’t want to advertise or celebrate it, then they should not embrace it; they must not take advantage of the Christmas holidays or sell anything which might be Christmas related. If they do, they are promoting Christmas and not ‘Holidays’; they cannot then, at the same time say ‘Happy Holidays’ without a wry smile or some retort!
So to one and all out there, here’s wishing you a very blessed and joyous Christmas and remember – the spirit of Christmas represents the rebirth of hope and salvation.
God bless you one and all!