Live Coverage from the War on Christmas

Hello faithful readers (take that how you will): I’ve been thinking a bit more on this “war” on Christmas. I was reading from this conservative blog when I realized that we may be unified in strongly disliking commercialism. I remember this little epiphany I had years ago — I’m sure it is a common epiphany. I think even Dr. Spock had it. All you need is love. The Beatles certainly had it. We all want to be accepted for who we are and appreciated. That’s really not such a bad thing. Let’s try to not put people on the defensive. When people feel threatened, they attack. Okay, not earth shattering. Try to see the other perspective, be empathetic.

I don’t know that anyone really ever had that much of a problem with Christmas itself. The complaining I’ve heard is that it is Christmas season from Halloween until Mid-January, that everywhere you look, you are slapped in the face with it. I know many Christians who complain about the fact that they have to listen to “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” in early November. What is the cause of this? Capitalism and retail.

Culturally, non-Christians often get annoyed with Christmas, because it seems like the only holiday. For years, Jews did not get off on major Jewish holidays. We did not get Diwali off from school. Kwanzaa? What do we do for Ramadan? If one does take off for a religious observance, then s/he is excluded from the rest of what is going on. If I kept my child home for Diwali, s/he would miss a day of school. I believe there has been a move to secularize Christmas to make it more inclusive. Let’s celebrate all the holidays that happen during this season. It is not to exclude God. Ultimately, I think the message we want to send goes something like this: It is fine for you to worship your god; just be respectful of me worshipping mine.

It seems like it’s such a better idea to come together as a community rather than to exclude, and I do not understand this tendency to exclude.

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6 thoughts on “Live Coverage from the War on Christmas

  1. Josh says:

    I completely agree. I don’t mind the season so much as the constant nagging and “in-your-face”-ness of the whole thing. I mean, thank god 106.7 in both Boston and New York is playing all Christmas songs non-stop or else I don’t know where I’d get my fix. (Also thank god I got “Hollywood sings Christmas” a few years ago so I can keep that spirit alive the rest of the year)

    Personally, I’d be happier if people forgot all the holidays, and instead just said what they really thought. Don’t say you’re going to show how to decorate a “Holiday” table when you’re planning on showing how to decorate a table using red, green and silver. Just say “Merry Christmas” if that’s what you feel. I won’t think any less of you.

    (that having been said) Happy Holidays to everyone 😉

  2. heidi says:

    I actually tried to respond to the blog I linked to, and my comment isn’t up. Am I being censored? Weird, eh? Land of the free, home of the brave…

  3. Josh says:

    Then again, it is the “blogosphere”.

  4. heidi says:

    Update: My comment has been posted.

    Josh — color me naive (and a bit of a luddite), but I’m not sure what your response of “it is the ‘blogosphere’ ” means in response to my rant….

  5. Bruce says:

    Speaking of the war on Christmas, Best Buy has just dug their heels in and returned to the trenches by banning the greeting, “Merry Christmas” from their advertising campaign this Christmas.

    I’ve been fighting back with this song (feel free to use it in your campaign if you like it):

    Best Buy Inn
    Dr. BLT (c) 2006
    [audio src="http://www.drblt.net/music/BestBI.mp3" /]

    for more information, visit my blog:
    http://people.bakersfield.com/home/Blog/blognroll/2759

    or my website:
    http://www.drblt.net

  6. heidi says:

    Bruce — How did you get the impression that I wouls wand to fight back to be able to use “Merry Christmas”? Clearly, I believe in taking a more secular and inclusive stance. Therefore, I have no campaign.

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