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Wow! Who would dare say that Santa is politically incorrect? Well, with today’s influx of morons and atheists thinking that Christmas is a dirty word that should be phased out, this Santa is gonna throw his own choice words towards them, and guess what? They are not going to be Merry Christmas.
Allow me to elaborate what Christmas is, using the Internet as my guide.
Observed on Dec. 25, Christmas Day commemorates the birth of Jesus Christ, the central figure of Christianity. Christmas is central to the Christmas and holiday season, and in Christianity marks the beginning of the season of Christmastide, which lasts 12 days. Now, this holiday is not to be mistaken with Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, when the Christmas shopping starts (although department stores start decorating the day after Halloween, but that’s a story for another column).
Although nominally a Christian holiday, Christmas is widely celebrated by many non-Christians, and many of its popular celebratory customs have pre-Christian or secular themes and origins. Popular modern customs of the holiday include gift-giving, music, an exchange of greeting cards, church celebrations, a special meal, and the display of various decorations; including Christmas trees, lights, garlands, mistletoe, nativity scenes and holly. In addition, several similar mythological figures, known as Saint Nicholas, Papa Noel, Kris Kringle, Father Christmas and, of course, Santa Claus, are associated with bringing gifts to children during the Christmas season.
Because gift-giving and many other aspects of the Christmas festival involve heightened economic activity among both Christians and non-Christians, the holiday has become a significant event. A such, the season is key sales period for retailers and businesses. The economic impact of Christmas is a factor that has grown steadily over the past few decades in many regions of the world.
In the United States, Christmas is a national holiday, so many people enjoy Christmas Day off from work.
However, if some of those non-Christians object to the Christmas Holiday, may I suggest to let them volunteer to work that day for the Christians who can’t get the day off, I think that would be the Christian thing to do (Oops, did I just use a dirty phrase?).
So with Christmas Day having been established by our Federal Government making it a national holiday, the question arises: Why do giant merchants such as Macy’s, Target, Kohl’s, JC Penney, Toys ’R’ Us and Cookie’s refuse to use the term “Christmas” in their advertisements?
Is it greed? I think so, because it allows them to target a wider market for individual holiday celebrations. For example, in the Daily News on Dec. 2, One-Stop Holiday Shopping at Cookie’s ad, in its advertorial notes “For baby’s first Christmas, Chanukah, or Kwanza” there are items and gifts, toys galore but in their large display ad, Christmas is not mentioned!
So let me applaud Montalbano’s Christmas Center, Net Cablevision’s Primetime’s Christmas Time, Herald Square Dental Center’s “All I Want For Christmas is My Two Front Teeth” for being brave enough to use “Christmas” in ads.
Finally, let me shout Kudos to Saint Finbar Catholic Church for distributing big pins that say “Keep Christ in Christmas” Bravo! To be continued!
Screech at you next week!
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