I happened to drive past a St. Louis County auto dealership today and noticed three signs. One said "Happy Hanukkah". Another said "Happy Kwanzaa". And then, the third, said . . . what would you think? "Merry Christmas" maybe? Just a sales staff covering all bases - that might make some sense. But no, the third sign was the now ubiquitous "Happy Holidays"!
"Happy Holidays" has become the omnipresent, politically correct greeting for December. Stores don't have "Christmas" sales but "Holiday" sales. The word Christmas has become taboo in America. National reporters even apologize for using the term.
Now the PC-police removing "Christmas" from public places is bad enough, but "Christmas" is being removed from our private lives too . . . without many noticing. Over 1/3 of the "Christmas cards" that my family received this year did not mention "Christmas" at all. And only about 1/3 of the cards that mentioned "Christmas" actually had anything to do with the story of Christmas. The rest were about Santa and snowmen and presents.
What is happening? Why is it not okay to remember that Christmas is a celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ? Why is it frowned upon to be a Christian and publicly celebrate a Christian holiday?
Jews stand up for Hanukkah. African-Americans even stand up for Kwanzaa. And it has remained okay to talk about both.
It is time for Christians to stand up for Christmas. In 2011, please, join me and boot the generic and oh-so-politically correct "Happy Holidays" and wish the world a Merry Christmas instead.
And, oh yeah, Happy New Year too.