Sunday, December 11, 2005

CHRISTMAS IS NOT THEIR BUSINESS

"Holiday trees?" Come on! There is part of me that gets irked that most stores and businesses are too weak-hearted to use the terms "Merry Christmas" or "Happy Hanukah." But there's another part of me that says it's not their place to promote or define or even use what belongs distinctly to the Christian community.

DISPENSING WITH THE SACRED. "Happy Holidays" is what happens when the religious--Jewish or Christian--yield sacred things to the marketplace: sacred words and meanings are used to make money for those out for profit, who then turn holy things into something unrecognizable. Finally, they dispense with the sacred meaning altogether, having created their own self-defined sense of importance for these days.

THE SOONER THE BETTER. Instead of bemoaning the fact that stores and businesses are raking in money on religious holiday cheer and yet refusing to give credit to whom credit is due, I think it’s reasonable for them to not use our holy words or meanings outright. In fact, I say the sooner the secular marketplace quits using and abusing Christianity and Judaism, the better. Quite literally, it's none of their business!

2 comments:

  1. I agree. Some of the more conservative groups, such as the American Family Association, call for a boycott of stores that won't say Christmas. Yet, at the same time, haven't we bemoaned that Christmas is too commercial? Not to be an exclusivist, but I would rather Christmas only be celebrated by those who have some Christ-concept.

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  2. There's apparently a lot of fear and alarm these days. I was in Borders (it's probably being boycotted by the AFA, but since I pay ZERO attention to them, whoever they are, I don't know; I don't listen to "Christian" radio or watch "Christian" TV) today and saw a book on the new non-fiction shelf titled "The War On Christmas." Hmmmm...

    Alarmism, I call it. Fearmongering. It's not new. It's been with us since before the McCarthy and Cold War days. It's currently manifested in the War on Terrorism and these trumped-up culture wars. If you haven't seen "Good Night and Good Luck," it's worth seeing...for these very reasons.

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