Ahh yes it’s that wonderful time of the year again. The time of the year when I can decorate outdoors with seasonal lights and greenery. Indoors I can put up my winter tree with its brightly colored lights and ornaments. All the kids will be out of school for winter holidays and eagerly waiting winter solstice day when they get to wake up and receive all the toys and games their parents were instructed to purchase for them. Shopping is fun as well with all the merchants cheering us with “Happy Holidays” and other generic greetings. We get to see displays of snowmen and reindeer, and we can bake wonderful treats like gingerbread men. Of course what’s missing in all this, is that it’s the Christmas season. Not the Winter Solstice season or Winter Holidays, but Christmas.
I wonder if anyone even remembers what it used to be like when you could say Merry Christmas and not wonder if someone was being offended by it. In the first place, why in the world should anyone be offended? Christmas is a celebration of the birth of Jesus, the son of God. If you are Christian then it certainly will not offend you. If you are not Christian, then take it in a spirit of someone being nice and greeting you. It’s not like someone is wishing you a “Happy Hope You Get Run Over By A Bus” day.
Now we have all kinds of nonsense with some schools even telling kids they can’t wear red and green this time of the year because they are Christmas colors and someone might be offended. By colors???
For many years I have watched the Charlie Brown Christmas show. I heard that network executives were leery about broadcasting it because of Linus reading passages from the Bible. When Linus recites Luke 2:8-14 and tells Charlie Brown “That’s what Christmas is all about Charlie Brown”, he truly was doing so. We would all do well to remember that spirit, both believers and non believers.