Valley Viewpoints

I remember when I was a child, and how the Christmas specials on television clearly reflected the true meaning of the holiday.

Linus even quoted scripture in “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” There was no mistaking why we were celebrating this day; it was in remembrance of the arrival of Jesus Christ on earth.

The idea of taking Jesus Christ out of Christmas is as ridiculous as not letting you attend your own birthday party. That is, after all what Christmas is truly about; the celebration of the birth of Christ.

Isaiah 9:6 — “For unto us a child is born, unto us a Son is given: and the government shall be upon His shoulder: and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The Mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.”

Here in America, for many this Holy Day has become about fairy tales, consumerism and greed. The focus has shifted from the true meaning of why we celebrate Christmas, to anything but why we celebrate Christmas.

People want to say X-mas and holiday trees instead of Merry Christmas and Christmas trees. Employees at many stores are told to say Happy Holidays instead of Merry Christmas. It is not only missing the point of why we celebrate this day, but it is deeply offensive to me personally.

This is after all a Christian Holy Day. I would say to those who have done all but hijack our Holy Day, why are you even concerning yourself with a Christian Holy Day if you in fact are not a Christian?

That is just as ridiculous as me wanting to celebrate another religion’s Holy Day, but refusing to let them use the name that they use or even let them celebrate the true meaning of the day. I would be in fact, not even truly be celebrating their Holy Day at all, but instead would be attempting to overshadow, disrespect, and overthrow their celebration.

The absurdity of this concept is the reality in which we live and it is only getting worse. When did Christmas stop being Christmas?

Joel Stanitis

Fulton

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