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It's Advent! My favorite time of year! And time to address, once again, the ridiculous notion that there is a "War on Christmas". If you actually think there is a war on Christmas, you clearly stay in your house from September until mid-January. The Walgreen's has shoved the sand pails and swim noodles to the sale aisle to make room for Christmas items even while they're trying to find a little room for some orange and black items for Halloween. It wouldn't surprise me if "Happy Holidays", which now include Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Kwanza, Christmas and New Year's Eve and day, roped in Halloween as well.
The basis of the idea of the war on Christmas is driven by some sort of persecution complex that some people seem to get when they are reminded that not everyone in the world, or the country, or the town, is Christian. We'd love it if everyone was a Catholic, but welcome to reality.
Let me point out two things:
1. What persecution actually looks like.
So the big evergreen tree became a symbol of everlasting life and hope. The candle and yule logs became the Light to the world brought by Jesus. If gift giving was good enough for the Magi, it's good enough for us. The snow itself is a white blanket of purity. The holly is the evergreen of life and the red blood of Jesus' sacrifice. A candy cane is purity and martyrdom.
If you're concerned about secularization, just...incorporate. We did it once. Why can't we do it again? I challenge you to find me something I can't turn into Christmas and Jesus and the Church.
Okay...between you and me, I can't figure out the reindeers. Santa is covered, since he's actually a saint who loved children. But the reindeers have me stumped.
We don't have to worry about Frosty the Snowman. He's just a winter story. Although he is...white. Pure as the driven snow. But he has a magic hat. That won't do. If you are a long time reader, you know I don't have a problem with children learning magic stories. But if you're trying to incorporate Frosty, the hat would have to go. Otherwise the hat can stay.
And calm down if someone wishes you "Happy Holidays". Three things: They are actually saying "Happy Holy Days" whether they realize it or not. They are trying not to offend you, so why be offended by someone who is trying to be nice? And there are more days of celebration during the season than Christmas and they just want you to be happy during all of them.