by Dr. D ~ December 27th, 2010
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For years Christmas and God were taken for granted in our culture. This is no longer the case.
Now the message of the original birth of the Christ child in Bethlehem needs to be proclaimed more clearly and without all of the mythic trappings that have over shadowed the real story. Frosty the Snowman, Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer, and Santa Claus have taken over the season so much that the simple message of God’s gift to humanity is sometimes nearly drowned out even for Christian families.
Then there is the new PC battle to rename the holiday and leave ‘Christ’ out of it all. The atheists are merely the most recent group to join in the battle against Christmas. The ACLU and even many businesses have already tried to eliminate the word ‘Christmas’ and ‘Merry Christmas’ from the public square. Schools have already substantially eliminated references to Christmas and the singing of traditional carols for fear of lawsuits. Then there are some cities who have renamed their Christmas Parade the ‘Holiday’ Parade instead which is not really much of a problem but when they refer to the Christmas tree in town square as the ‘Holiday Tree’ that is just plain silly.
Interesting enough, I have also received some protests against Christmas this year from ‘super spiritual’ Christians who wanted to emphasize the pagan origins of some of the traditional trappings and the day itself-December 25. It use to be only the Jehovah Witnesses that took this tact. Now there are some Evangelical Christians who are saying that ‘real Christians’ don’t celebrate that pagan-Catholic holiday.
However, this season I was actually encouraged to have more folks wishing me a ‘Merry Christmas’ than I can remember receiving for years. Many more businesses were allowing there workers to actually mention the ‘C’ word. Maybe the tide has turned on the battle for Christmas or maybe the battle lines have just been more clearly defined and people are taking sides. For what ever reason, ‘Merry Christmas’ was a far more popular declaration this year. *Top of the Blog