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Where Did Christmas Go?

I wrote this blog and posted it two years ago. It is just as relevant today as it was then.

 

Christmas has come and gone and once again this year, I ask myself, where did December go? But this year, there is a more important question to be asked: “Where did Christmas go?”

The retail industry and the media have banned together (perhaps it wasn’t planned, but they are working hand-in-hand) to take Christ out of Christmas.

It started a number of years ago when someone decided to take the word ‘Christ’ out of Christmas and replace it with an ‘X.’ Thus the word became Xmas.

My employer mentioned the other day that Target has forbidden their employees to say “Merry Christmas.” Apparently, the “powers-to-be” don’t want to offend anyone who may not celebrate Christmas because of their religious beliefs–or the lack thereof. Yet, when you go into a Target store, guess what’s playing over the speaker system? Christmas music.

I suspect other stores have quietly told their employees the same thing – don’t say “Merry Christmas” to the customers. There is a grocery store about a block from where I live and I’m there at least once a week to pick up an item or two. Every time I shopped there during December, the checkout clerks wished me “Happy Holidays.” And I would respond with “Thank you. Merry Christmas!” The clerks didn’t know how to respond:“Do I say something? Do I wish them a Merry Christmas? What if the boss hears me?” and so they stood speechless, looking like a deer caught in the headlights of a tractor-trailer.

President Obama, at the lighting of the great tree at the White House this year, deemed it the “White House Holiday Tree.” No longer is it the White House Christmas Tree. In fact, the President never said the word ‘Christmas’ during the ceremony.

Radio stations that have traditionally played a mixture of secular and religious Christmas music, at about a two-to-one rate—now play secular/religious Christmas carols at about a ten-to-one rate. If you listen closely, you may hear one religious carol in a one hour period.

Light shows around the country are no longer Christmas Light Shows, but are “Winter Wonderlands” or “Holiday Lights,” etc.

Children are no longer out of school on Christmas break, but rather they are on Winter Break.

I’m sure there are other situations like the ones I’ve mentioned, but these are enough to prove my point, which is, the true meaning of Christmas is being lost. It has been a subtle change over the last few years, but this year, it was blatantly obvious.

So, what does it really mean—this removing Christ from Christmas? Who does it impact? Does it make any difference? As Christians, we will always celebrate the birth of Jesus at Christmas time. After all, He is the “reason for the season.” So it doesn’t impact us, or does it? We must be careful that we don’t get caught up in the commercialism, which is another way of taking Christ out of Christmas. Please don’t misunderstand me. I don’t have a problem with giving and receiving gifts. Even Jesus received gifts at his birth. We, and I include myself in this group, need to make sure that in our Christmas rush of buying and wrapping gifts, baking, and entertaining, we take as many opportunities to sit before God and experience His gifts to us during the Christmas season as well as throughout the year.

And maybe I’m the only one who feels this way, but what better time than the birth of Jesus to share his love and salvation story with our families and friends who have not accepted Jesus as their Lord and Savior? However, if we—and again I include myself—don’t take a stand against taking Christ out of Christmas, we will have nothing to witness about.

What can we do? Continue to wish everyone a “Merry Christmas.” Don’t shop at stores who forbid their employees to wish the customers “Merry Christmas.” Write the President. His mailbox should be filled to the point of bursting with letters from Christians protesting his elimination of the word Christmas during any White House celebration, not to mention the discrimination he shows to Christians year-round.

Politicians, media, and the entertainment industry are so concerned about being “politically correct” to everyone but Christians. When are we going to stand up and say “Enough!”

Thanks for allowing me to speak from my soapbox today. Please leave a comment and let me know if you agree or disagree with me—and why.

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