By Morgan Tidmore
To venture a little deeper into my previous article, Christmas is an annual festival/holiday commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ, observed primarily on December 25 as a religious and cultural celebration among billions of people around the world. Wikipedia describes the celebration as,“A feast central to the Christian liturgical year, it is preceded by the season of Advent or the Nativity Fast and initiates the season of Christmastide, which historically in the West lasts twelve days and culminates on the Twelfth Night; in some traditions, Christmastide includes an octave. Christmas Day is a public holiday in many of the world's nations is celebrated religiously by a majority of Christians, as well as culturally by many non-Christians, and forms an integral part of the holiday season centered around it.” On a more religious note for the people who might not understand the names and “numbers” in the previous article: As I mentioned earlier, you can look up the meaning of Christmas and the most popular things that will show up is, in fact, the story of the birth of Jesus Christ. For the skeptics, still, you can also look up how Christmas got its name and the nice large box on Google that sums up what you are looking for will tell you “Christmas is celebrated to remember the birth of Jesus Christ, who Christians believe is the Son of God. The name 'Christmas' comes from the Mass of Christ (or Jesus). A Mass service (which is sometimes called Communion or Eucharist) is where Christians remember that Jesus died for us and then came back to life.” Whether you have religious beliefs or not the word still holds and reflects the values of Christianity. I have a suggestion for those people who cannot even say “Merry Christmas” - how about you start your own “holiday” celebration. Please stop trying to take away or change one of the most meaningful days of the year on the Christian calendar. This insult to Christianity, mainly by liberals, has been going on for well over a decade now and even made its way into the White House. At first, these debates and jabs about sayings like “Happy Holidays” started out on smaller stages like radio talk shows and then progressively got worse, making their way into department stores. Businesses and chain restaurants employees have been told that they cannot even say “Merry Christmas” to entering or departing customers without the fear that some will take the phrase offensively. Trying to be inclusive and sensitive to those who have no faith has gone too far, it is not a crime to show your religious beliefs or practices in any way. Some people have grown to believe, or have been taught to believe, that when someone has opposing opinions/views to their own, it makes the situation wrong. If that were the case then churches should be infuriated and demand the phrase “Happy Holidays” never be uttered again. Fortunately, for the ones who can keep their heads on their shoulders (even the ones who do not celebrate Christmas or have Christian values tied up in the holiday) they can still accept that Merry Christmas is a common greeting of joy to and from people during the month of December. It should also be noted that Jews, Muslims and others who do not celebrate Christmas say they are not offended by a hearty “Merry Christmas.” So perhaps there is hope for peace on earth, or at least a common understanding of the First Amendment.