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home : opinion : opinion August 20, 2014

12/31/2013 12:57:00 PM
Editorial Let's make holiday reflect Christ's spirit

Now is a good time for those who take advantage of every holiday season to stir up conflict over Christmas to consider the possibility of taking another approach and begin stirring up Christmas spirit.

There are four religious holidays during December each year. Various American citizens celebrate each of these holidays in their own ways. Meanwhile, American retailers have selected this holiday bonanza period as the time for their annual shopping super extravaganza. Beginning Thanksgiving Day or earlier, retailers plumb the depths of the American wallet in search of 25% or more their annual sales income.

Beginning about the same time, politicians and pundits who claim to be Christians start a brouhaha over use of season greetings that are anything except "Merry Christmas," as if it were either a crime or at least a major faux pas for anyone to acknowledge there is any other reason to celebrate the season than the birth of Christ.

This is quickly followed by complaints that the display of creches is not being allowed in public places.

It gets tiresome listening to these annual displays of ignorance about Christ's message from people who claim to be members of His church.

There are four religious holidays during December, Hanukkah (Jewish), Rohatsu (Buddhist), Christmas (Christian) and Kwanzaa (African). All have equal right to celebrate their holiday season according to their own customs. Only Christians complain that their holiday is not given dominion over the season.

The brouhaha over Christmas is an expression of misunderstanding of the spirit of Christmas.

Greeting friends and neighbors with, "Happy Holidays" or "Best Wishes" seems like a fine way to let them know one is pleased with them and the season.

"Christmas shopping" doesn't express any Christian value not expressed by holiday shopping.

Animosity and hostility between people because of how they express their season greeting or advertise their commercial merchandise certainly aren't Christian virtues.

I am especially disappointed that so much of the media gives those who stir up animosity and hostility during November and December so much publicity. It seemed this season that every time I turned to Fox network there was another story or staff pundit relating a tale about how Christmas was being abused somewhere in the United States. However, it wasn't just on one network. There was a pretty good mix of media trying to milk the last drop of life out of their particular Christmas quarrel scoop.

I doubt there is anything that will stop this kind of nonsense, but it might help if all of us who object were to contact the media we frequent and suggest they use a different approach to presenting news during the holidays.

It might be useful in aiding us to work together all year long if we took some time out during the annual holiday season to learn more about the other holidays taking place and gained a better understanding of what others than ourselves believe.

I know that we here at Community News Corporation could do a better job of sharing news about the other holidays, about which I have to admit I am largely ignorant. I will try to do a better job next year of bringing our readers more information about other religious holidays being celebrated even as we celebrate our Christmas holiday. We need to reflect the spirit of Christ.

Larry Dobson


Claremont Service




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