The Merry Christmas Debate

I recently attended my husband’s company Christmas party in California (Catalina to be exact — did I mention that my husband’s employer is incredibly cool?). Anyway, his boss welcomed us all to the party with a hearty “Merry Christmas.” I am not one of those who is terribly offended if wished Happy Holidays instead of Merry Christmas. I can almost understand how some merchants would not want to offend their non-Christian customers, although that reasoning is pretty lame when you consider all the Christmas decorations and gifts they push in their store displays and advertising.

Even being one of those who doesn’t rank the “Merry Christmas greeting controversy” at the top of her important issues list, I do hate political correctness so I really enjoyed the caption Lucianne gave a picture of the Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center.

This is not a Hanukah Shrub.
This is not a Buddhist Bush.
This is not a Muslim Maple or an Orthodox Oak.
This is a CHRISTMAS tree and it celebrates Jesus and his birthday.
So there.

As for the excuse of not wanting to offend non-Christians with Christmas greetings, I would venture to say that the overwhelming majority are not. Don Feder makes a good case at Front Page Mag that the War on Christmas is something religious Jews should oppose as well as Christians.

The increasingly successful effort to purge Christmas from our culture (correctly called the War on Christmas) proceeds apace – municipal Christmas trees are re-christened (no pun intended) “holiday trees,” schools ban Christmas decorations and the singing of Christmas carols during holiday programs. Christmas – excuse me — holiday parades are excluding Santa Claus, and, everywhere, stores (which derive 20% of their annual revenue from Christmas sales) are in Grinch overdrive.

This year, Lowe’s employees are permitted to say “Merry Christmas,” but only in response to a customer initiating the greeting. On its website, Barnes & Noble offers a “Gift Guide” which includes “Holiday gift baskets,” “holiday sleds” and “holiday delivery.” FYI, the “holiday” celebrated by 95% of the American people at this time of the year is called Christmas.

The Best Buy website offers “unique gifts for the season.” According to Liberty Counsel (a Christian legal action group), a company spokesman claims the use of the word “Christmas” is disrespectful. Disrespectful to who? The 5% of the American people who don’t celebrate Christmas? But how many of them actually care? (For years, people said “Merry Christmas” to me, without inflicting severe emotional harm.) Would it be disrespectful for a clerk in Tel Aviv to wish someone a “Happy Hanukkah”?
He goes on to make the case that religious Jews are much better off in an America that recognizes religious practices and traditions than in a secular America. I agree with that wholeheartedly and while the Christmas greeting controversy doesn’t push my buttons like it does some, the greater “War on Christmas” does and is something that we all should be concerned about — Christians and non-Christians alike.

Jeane Kirkpatrick has Died
Rough justice