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Is Christ Still in Christmas?

A recent Pew Research Center survey conducted among 1,503 U.S. adults nationwide November 29 – December 4 shows that our culture is changing its viewpoint about Christmas being a religious holiday. Most responders said that the religious parts of Christmas are emphasized less than they were even five years ago. Only 55 percent say they celebrate Christmas as a religious holiday compared to 59 percent in 2013. Today, 66 percent say they believe Jesus was born to a virgin, down from 73 percent in 2014. Likewise, 68 percent of U.S. adults now say they believe that the wise men were guided by a star and brought gifts for baby Jesus, down from 75 percent. According to the survey, millennials tend to be the least religious of all generations.

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How to Wish the Politically Correct Crowd a Merry Christmas

The politically correct crowd insists that it is somehow not correct to wish people a “Merry Christmas.” Instead, we are supposed to say something like “Happy Holidays.” But something’s always troubled me about that. And now I’ve put my finger on it. I’ve put all my legal skills at parsing words into sorting out this complex problem, and perhaps there is another way to express ourselves.

I know that the problem with “Merry Christmas” is that those who extend that greeting are supposedly hoping people find merriment in a Christian religious observance. And I guess they think the greeting is some attempt to impose on them the greeter’s religion. Of course, if you think that at this point our culture, on the whole, really perceives Christmas as a religious observance more than a secular holiday, then you may not have noticed how many people get up at 3 a.m. on Black Friday to usher in the Christmas season at “services” offered at the mall.

I know that wasn’t very politically correct, but onto the business at hand—what greeting do you give people at this time of year? The politically correct crowd that is constantly worried about offending someone’s feelings and sensibilities suggests we say, “Happy Holidays” to respect those who celebrate Kwanzaa or Hanukkah or maybe something else I’ve forgotten.

But what about those who, like Jehovah’s witnesses, recognize no holiday this week? Doesn’t “Happy Holidays” impose on them our beliefs about the celebratory nature of the season? So, I think that in order to be tolerant and sensitive to other’s feelings, we should just say something like “Enjoy the Season.” After all, it is a season of the year for everyone.

Ah, but winter is not that enjoyable to a lot of people. Rather, the cold makes them feel miserable and being light-deprived by the short days makes them feel depressed. But I guess that’s a good reason to wish they could enjoy the season, because wouldn’t we rather them enjoy the season than be miserable?

But, wait. That creates another problem. Why would I want to try to tell people how they should feel? After all, my feelings are just that, my feelings. Why should someone else try to tell me how I should feel? That’s not very sensitive. We should be affirmed in whatever feelings we may have and others should respect that.

Trying to be the most politically correct person that I can (which, you readers know, is my life’s ambition), let me suggest the following to those of you who really want to avoid any offense. Maybe you should not say anything and just print this on little cards and hand them out:

Please feel however you want to feel about this time of year, or if you prefer, please do not feel like you have to have any feelings at all about this time of year or feel like you have to have any feelings about any other time of year if you do not feel like feeling anything right now. And, of course, feel free not to feel anything at any time of year if that’s what you feel like, in which case, I hope nothing or no one interferes with how you are feeling or not feeling at the time you choose to be feeling or not feeling something.

To all the rest of you willing to risk being offended, I say, “Merry Christmas!”


David Fowler served in the Tennessee state Senate for 12 years before joining FACT as President in 2006. Read David’s complete bio.

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Belk Reverses Ban on Christmas Bell Ringers

Belk department stores reversed its ban on Salvation Army bell ringers during the Christmas season after customers took to Facebook and Twitter to voice complaints. “During the process of making that commitment even stronger with our home for the Holidays campaign, we mistakenly left out the Salvation Army at some of our stores,” a Belk spokesman said. “We have fixed that as we know our customers are passionate about the Salvation Army.” If Belk had not reversed its decision, the Salvation Army estimated a loss of about $1 million. That’s a chunk of change for the humanitarian aid organization.

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President Trump Puts Christ Back in Christmas at the White House

President Trump is putting Christ back into Christmas this year with the official White House card saying “Merry Christmas” instead of the more politically correct “Happy Holidays” or “Season’s Greetings” and a larger-than-life traditional nativity featuring the Baby Jesus wearing a crown.

“You go to department stores, and they’ll say ‘Happy New Year,’ and they’ll say other things,” said Trump at this year’s Family Research Council Values Voter Summit. “Well, guess what? We’re saying Merry Christmas again.”

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The ‘Naughty or Nice’ Christmas-Friendly Retailer List

The American Family Association’s annual “Naughty or Nice” retailer list looks at which retailers are Christmas friendly in their advertising and which ones are not. AFA looked at the various companies’ print and broadcast media, website, and stores to gauge the extent to which they utilize items associated with Christmas and whether the word “Christmas” is used in these areas.

Bed, Bath, & Beyond; Dillards; Publix; and True Value are among the 51 “Nice” stores, while Foot Locker, Nordstrom, Office Max, and Steinmart were among the 18 “Naughty” stores. Amazon.com, Old Navy, and Kohl’s were among the eight stores on the “Marginal” list.

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