Political Correctness Robs Christmas of Joy

Jenny Erikson

Jenny EriksonWhat’s with all the Christmas hate? Everywhere I look, Christmas is destroying corporate America, or getting banned, or being mocked by American Atheists. Heck, even Christmas carols are now offensive -- quick! Cover your children’s ears before they hear "Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer!" They might never recover from the emotional damage!

Political correctness is robbing the joy right out of the season. School children are banned from celebrating Christmas, and their teachers are instructed not to use red or green in their classrooms. Not even Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is safe from the PC police. Christmas trees? Can’t have those in public. Merry Bleeping Christmas!

Why must celebrators of Christmas downplay their holiday cheer so as not to offend anyone, yet we’re told that we must be tolerant to other cultural practices? As a Christian, I'm not offended by menorahs or Kwanzaa. I’m not even offended by those that celebrate a Santa-Christmas instead of a Jesus-Christmas.

I think most of us are sick of this tiptoeing around a holiday that, in large part, ceased to be culturally religious a long time ago. Ask any non-Christian why they celebrate Christmas, and they’ll tell you for fun, family, friends, charity, presents, and Starbucks gingerbread lattes. The idea that openly celebrating Christmas goes against the separation of church and state is silly. Frosty has to do with the baby in the manger.

Ben Stein said it perfectly in his "Christmas Confessions":

I am a Jew, and every single one of my ancestors was Jewish. And it does not bother me even a little bit when people call those beautiful lit up, bejeweled trees Christmas trees. I don't feel threatened. I don't feel discriminated against. That's what they are: Christmas trees. It doesn't bother me a bit when people say, "Merry Christmas" to me. I don't think they are slighting me or getting ready to put me in a ghetto. In fact, I kind of like it. It shows that we are all brothers and sisters celebrating this happy time of year.

Let’s not get caught up in petty squabbles about whether it’s a Christmas tree or a Holiday Tree. If someone issues you a “Happy Hanukkah” or “Merry Christmas,” just smile warmly and say, “You too!”

Now go make some hot cocoa (don’t forget to spike it!), snuggle up with your sweetie, and watch White Christmas. No matter what holiday you celebrate this time of year, it’s a great movie, and will remind you that this time of year is about goodwill toward men.


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