Keep Christ in Christmas

Dear Mike:
I am thankful many of our local merchants have kept Christ in Christmas. I’m on a “Merry Christmas” mission and I’m in full throttle.
Don’t I fear the Christmas Gestapo and those who would have me remove the written message from my car? I’m sorry, folks, but the only person I’m concerned about “offending” during this Christmas season is the Lord himself.
Leave that manger alone! We’ve allowed the Baby Jesus to be kicked out of His lowly manger, and those offended by Christmas are still not happy. I refuse to let this happen.
I’m going to do my part to make sure “Merry Christmas” doesn’t become extinct. Because if the believers in Christmas don’t take a stand now, it’s gone forever. The Christian community has been underestimated before; we will have to show ourselves again.
Many U.S. stores are not allowing the Salvation Army to “ring the Christmas bells,” and there are many incidents of children, choirs, and bands not allowed to play or sing Christmas carols. How can this be?
When I saw a news report the other evening of children being taught new words to a song we’ve sung for years—“We Wish You a Merry Christmas”—I was saddened to hear “We Wish You a Splendid Holiday.”
I know now it’s just a matter of time that the “Merry Christmas” greetings will be gone. Notice the “Holiday” greetings and not “Christmas” signs in stores. It’s happening right before our very eyes.
Start singing the songs; go down the streets of Canada and America singing to your heart’s content.
“Go Tell It on the Mountain . . . that Jesus Christ is Born.” Sing it, speak it, be a billboard for our Lord. The story of this “Baby Jesus” alone has brought about more goodwill at this time of year than any other day we celebrate. How can we sit back and allow Him to be snuffed out of our lives?
What kind of revulsion galvanizes one to campaign so vehemently against the mere mention of His name, the mere singing of a carol, or the mere visual of a sign that says “Merry Christmas?”
I’m not giving up my “Merry Christmas” joy to anyone. If I know of someone who celebrates another holiday during this time of year, I will be glad o wish them whatever holiday they want.
Christmas has become too commercialized! The wise men brought gifts to the newborn Christ-child—let’s give out of love. The most recent Newsweek survey shows that 82 percent of Americans believe that Jesus is the Son of God. So, in trying not to offend a few, you’ve offended many.
Don’t call Christmas something else—and don’t stop giving. There are many people more unfortunate than we are. Even a small amount put into Salvation Army’s kettles can be multiplied by God.
My freedom to celebrate Christmas in the tradition of the Christian religion is as much my right as it is your right to be offended by it. So what are we going to do? Did anyone hear me—what are we going to do?
Do we defend a person’s right to go forward with a time-tested tradition (how about 2,000 years?), or do we defend a person’s right to end it all because they’re offended?
As long as we live in this great land and have the freedom to express ourselves and what we believe in, we will always offend someone. If we try to make everything right for everyone, we won’t have anything for anyone.
May you always have Christmas in your heart!
God bless you!
Cathie Sinninghe
Fort Frances, Ont.