note: this post was originally published on Nov. 19, 2007. It has been edited, hopefully an improvement…

Not Politically Correct…

I don’t know exactly what to expect from the grinch crowd this year, but I suspect it will be more of what we’ve seen in the past few years.  There are actually people out there who are opposed to Christmas.  ‘Too Christian,’ they huff.  ‘Not inclusive enough.’  ‘Definitely not politically correct!’  Do they want to make others as unhappy as they are?  Do they really feel threatened by a baby?  And what about all this, ‘Joy to the world’ stuff?  Watch out, next thing you know, the people who want to celebrate Christmas might start talking about world peace.  And then where would we be?  Oh, the humanity!!!

Some very persistent little elves seemed determined to put up Christmas trees in public places.  How dare they?  Why, those trees might just remind people about Christmas, a time to share and be especially nice to others.  They might offend people of other faiths–although, when was the last time you actually heard someone from another faith complaining about Christmas?  What’s religious tolerance all about, anyway? If it’s not tolerant of a Christian holiday all others must be scrapped as well.  People who celebrate Christmas do so because they want to and not because they follow the Christian faith.

Many parts of the Christmas celebration don’t even originate with Christianity.  The Christmas tree was adopted so people from quite a different faith system wouldn’t celebrate the season with a human sacrifice.  The Santa Claus stories and mythology replace many of the Christian elements of the holidays.  Hence we have nativity sets next to Christmas trees, dancing snowmen, reindeer, etc.  So the argument that Christmas excludes people is laughable.

Good Will Towards Many…

People buy gifts to exchange with one another.  They make up Christmas dinners, throw parties and generally have a good time.  Charities get to make special pleas to everyone to remember those who have less at this time of year.  And rightfully so.  Much has been made of ‘the Christmas spirit’ and ‘Christmas cheer.’

Retailers count on the extra revenue generated at this time of year. Many a business has made up for lost sales, declining revenue, and unexpected expenses just because of the Christmas retail season.  Shut out Christmas and many businesses would go under.  Those Christmas trees, they’re usually not free.  Neither is the gift wrap, the turkey, the stocking stuffer, the greeting card, the music CDs, the holiday DVD, etc.  Christmas can be expensive.

Friends & Family…

So what do we get out of this mishmash of religion, socialization and possible overspending?  For starters, it’s a nice way to end the year.  It’s with a sense of satisfaction that we look around at our families and see that we’ve survived.  Some of us remember those who won’t see this Christmas, for whatever reason. And we are consoled.

Not all of the treasures of the season are hidden in gift wrap.   Often it’s the fun of just being together, the special treat of having some time off to be with those we love.  Sure, we could do that any old time but we all know we try harder to be there just because it is Christmas.  Differences can be resolved or at least set aside in a way that we wouldn’t be open to at any other time.

So we should thank the retailers who seem to be the most vocal opponents of the anti-Christmas grinch crowd.  Many others have caved in to the sad ravings of ‘political correctness,’ and removed Christmas trees and holiday displays from public places.  Those who are financially invested in the season cannot afford to do so.  Let’s be extra kind to the overworked, understaffed retailers who still believe in Christmas. Next up: Boxing Day.

About Scifialiens

Author of the Martian Symbiont series: three titles, so far; Been Blued, Martian Blues, Martian Divides. Currently writing screenplays. 'Mating With Humans' can be found on her account. Enjoyed writing from the start. Also a Star Trek and Doctor Who fan. Canadian so far. Paternal grandparents were American. Feels more at home in the States. Loves dogs and most other animals. Loves cats from afar--allergies. Plays flute and saxophone; 'messes with' keyboard and electric guitar. Single so far. Not really looking at the moment. Age: irrelevant. Not to be confused with the fictional comic book character, Phyllis Twombly, who lived for 600 years in the American Midwest.

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