Christmas

13 Dec

I just finished writing a piece on joy. However, I admittedly find it tough to be joyous now and then when I find people wanting to dilute the meaning of Christmas or to do away with the word “Christmas” altogether.

This pet peeve of mine doesn’t only stem from the fact that I’m a Christian. Indeed, in the last couple of days I’ve heard at least two non-Christians I know comment favourably on aspects of Christmas, namely the Christmas tree, Christmas carols, time spent with family. These people respect the more religious reasons some of us have for celebrating, even if they do not partake in or even understand this Christian tradition.

Meanwhile, the suppression of Christmas’ significance comes from the nominal ‘Christian’ majority in Canada and in the United States. These people fear the ‘oppression’ of minority cultures whose members choose to live here in reasonable prosperity amongst the Christian majority! The resultant destruction of cultural identity (even if unforeseen) is ridiculous!

I read of one case in which a company from Nova Scotia provided a tree for the City of Boston, as it does every year. This year, Boston city officials wanted to call the tree a “holiday tree”, much to the dismay of the Nova Scotian tree providers. Someone with the Canadian company said that if Boston didn’t call it a Christmas tree, the company would have preferred to make shavings out of the tree than to send it south! Boston officials eventually relented. Christmas lives on…for now.

Here in Edmonton, Sunday’s editorial in a local newspaper had the nerve to call for political correctness. To these editors, “happy holidays” is no problem in the place of “Merry Christmas”.

I would like to know this: How many non-Christians are actually offended when wished “Merry Christmas”? The kind intentions behind such wishes are paramount. With kindness, joy is spread at Christmas (to relate to my last article).

Next time during Ramadan, pray for a Muslim as he or she observes the fast then rejoices at Ede. Next Diwali, wish a Hindu friend “Happy Diwali”. Greet a Jew with “Happy Hanukkah” at the appropriate time…And, this Christmas, if you know any Christians or aren’t sure of a person’s religion, joyfully wish them a Merry Christmas!!!

WRS

P.S. If anyone reading this blog has any questions about the Catholic faith (even some I may need to ask a priest or a friend or look up), please feel free. This is one main purpose of this blog.

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