By Nathan A. Cherry, 11/29/2010
Martinsburg, WV – I want to give a few lines and a little time to something I do think is important: the use of the word Christmas.
Very few people are offended by the use of this word during the holiday season. And most likely half of the people that say they are offended are not entirely sure why they are offended; other than some talking head or other media liberal told them they should be. No, the fact is, and this is just a guess, 95% of Americans use the word Christmas with no problems at all.
So the idea of saying “Merry Christmas,” or talking about “Christmas Trees,” “Christmas Cards,” and “Christmas Carols” is just part of normal, everyday conversation from now until January 1st. Frankly, that’s the way it should be. This season is one of the most beloved in the world. And everything that comes with it, trees, cards, lights, carols, cookies and all other things “Christmas” should be celebrated instead of denigrated.
So, for me, it’s a pleasure to read articles like this one from MSNBC that reports the use of the word Christmas is on the rise after some years of exile in marketing. Political correctness had stifled the use of the word Christmas in marketing so as to not “offend” anyone that did not celebrate the sacred, world-wide holiday (i.e. atheists, Muslims etc.).
The problem with this sort of silliness is that in order to not offend a teeny tiny fraction of people, you have to offend huge masses of the American population. Well, as many retailers found out, this just doesn’t make good business sense. With organizations like the American Family Association compiling their “Naughty and Nice List” each year of retailers that support using the word Christmas and those that sought to scrub it from all marketing, it did not take long for retailers to figure out that it made more sense to appeal to the masses than try and not offend the few.
Randy Sharp of the AFA noted that in the last five years there has been an increase of retailers using the word Christmas from 20% to 80%. Sharp said, “We’ve had a complete flip. The politically correct holiday verbiage is going away. Companies are getting the message.”
While a few companies have managed to find themselves on the naughty list again this year, the list is growing shorter. Retailers are starting to figure out that a few muffled cries from people that are “offended” by the word Christmas is not enough of a reason to stop using it.
I love Christmas. From Thanksgiving to Christmas is my favorite month of the year. But I don’t love it just for the lights, and decorations and songs – though these are certainly part of it. These things are mere additions to what this holiday truly represents.
This is a celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. This is a time to remember the little baby born in a manger in Bethlehem that would grow up to die for the sins of the world and be resurrected as the Savior of all mankind. This might be what really offends some people about Christmas. But the fact is, you cannot celebrate this holiday without truly understanding the meaning. Without the birth of Christ there is no Christmas. It’s becomes just another day on the calendar.
Maybe this is offensive to some, but to most Americans this is a sacred day when we – in the very least – give a cursory nod to the little baby in the manger and remember why we have the privilege of celebrating in the first place.
If it’s truly offensive to you, I would challenge you to have no decorations, no tree, no gifts, no carols, and no cookies, nothing remotely associated with Christmas. But, if you do incorporate those things into your “holiday” celebrating, then please, don’t tell me you are offended because I want to call it what it is: Christmas.
About Nathan Cherry
Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.