Have you noticed something missing from vocabularies lately? You don’t hear radio shock jocks say it or your neighbors or even the kids on the street. You know what word I’m talking about, right?
I feel like people who do say it whisper it just like Wendy’s mom says “Cancer” in St. Elmo’s Fire. We blinked and POOF!–just like that–Christmas was gone from our vocabularies. Now, we’re only allowed to say “holiday.”
For Christians, Christmas clearly has a deeper meaning–you know, the celebration of the birth of Christ–than just what “doorbuster” we can steal at 7 a.m. Although, I would be lying if I said that even some Christians (like me) don’t get caught up in the commercialization of the holiday. I totally do that, too. However, we do try to balance the real meaning and helping others for the season so that our family has a complete understanding of the importance. But, you can’t get deny the commercialization of Christmas.
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And this is where I start to get confused about taking the word “Christmas” out of seasonal commercials, ads and conversation. For many, the season is about commercialization and nothing about religion. And, there are people of many different religions who celebrate Christmas. There are Jewish people who celebrate Hanukkah, but also put up a Christmas tree. There are people who would never set foot in a church who happily string lights on a prickly tree to the tunes of religious Christmas music in the background. For those people, Christmas is just about … Christmas–the season, the gifting, the eating, the family. And, is that such a bad thing that we can’t even whisper the word Christmas in public anymore–no matter your belief?