“Holiday”: The New Curse Word 19 Nov 2007Posted by Jessa in Religion.
Tags: christianity, Religion, War on Christmas
Mat Staver, dean of Jerry Falwell’s law school, is fighting back in the manufactured outrage that is the “War on Christmas”. The Liberty Council has put out a Naughty and Nice List, cataloging stores that do and do not use the word “Christmas” in their advertising. All in nice pdf form, making an easily-printable list of the blasphemous stores to avoid.
Before people get the vapors because Circuit City has a “Holiday Gift Guide”, I would like to ask a few questions. Is it possible that insisting that everyone insert the word “Christmas” into every advertisement actually contributes to the secularization of Christmas? Does overexposure to the word in secular settings really “put the Christ back in Christmas”, or does it dilute the religious origin of the word? Are you comfortable with the notion that non-Christians are increasingly using the word “Christmas” because it’s so ubiquitous that it’s becoming less and less meaningful with every passing year? Just something to think about.
And about “Happy Holidays”: it’s not necessarily a politically-correct cop-out. Do you celebrate New Years? If you do, you celebrate two holidays during the season. So if it makes you feel better, you can think of “Happy Holidays” as a shorthand way of saying “Merry Christmas and Happy New Year”.