Diluting Christmas

William T. Robinson, Jr.

William T. Robinson, Jr.

I don’t think you will find anyone who loves the festive season surrounding Christmas as much as I do. I love the colorful vibrant decorations coming at you, forcing you to smile and appreciate the beauty of your surroundings. I love the smell of Christmas with the live trees and wreaths and cakes and pies being baked for the holidays. And what can be more uplifting than the sound of Christmas carols inundating the air. It’s a feel good time for me, and a time that makes me ever more appreciative of the love of God.

At one time, Christmas was the ultimate event to celebrate and focus on God’s love for humanity. With the birth of Jesus the Christ, God showed his love for us by providing a savior for the world. But now it seems that the ultimate purpose of Christmas is being diluted and even trivialized. While it should be a time of fellowship and goodwill toward your brethren, you find those who wish to diminish Christmas’ true meaning, all for the sake of respecting the rights of others who don’t share the Christian faith.

I, in return, only ask for the right to praise and honor the gift of my salvation, meaning no harm to those who may not share my views. I find it ironic that in a time promoting harmony and goodwill toward your brother man that by manifesting visibly that goodwill, it is determined as offensive.

I, for one, respect the right of anyone to worship as they please as long as they don’t cause harm to others. I don’t believe any religion provoking harm to others is of God or translates true spirituality. However, as a Christian, I feel that my rights are being violated when I can’t publically celebrate my love for the birth of my savior. I say this because publically acknowledging or showing any religious reference to Christ, which is really the reason for the season, seems to be discouraged or challenged as disrespectful to those of other faiths.

Something is profoundly wrong with this perception because I don’t feel anyone is being forced to change their religion—but rather to see how those who love Christ embrace his coming into the world. It is a time of love, sharing, giving, and rejoicing. But it appears as if Christians are being made to downplay this great occasion. No one should feel forced to participate or be ostracized because they don’t agree with Christmas being recognized as the birth of Christ, the Savior. Our country seems to recognize every other group’s right to worship aside from Christians on whose beliefs this country was spiritual founded.

More emphasis is being put on not using the word ‘Christmas.’ Instead we refer to the ‘holiday season,’ which includes many other events, e.g.: Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and even the New Year. That is fine. However, those who acknowledge this time basically as Christmas should not have to apologize for not being politically correct.

The truth of the matter is that by using the excuse of being politically correct, you are trivializing what many consider to be ‘Christmas.’ More emphasis is put on Santa Claus, which in all honesty promotes capitalism (buying gifts). While it is nice to give presents if you chose, let’s not ignore the smokescreen to promote Christmas through capitalism. Many of the very retailers promoting the holiday season don’t believe in Christ. It is all about the dollar bill.

Celebrate as you will, but I will unapologetically honor the Christmas season by praising and honoring my God for his ultimate gift, his son. I only feel pity for those Christians who have acquiesced to a world trying to trivialize or eradicate their God.