Christ’s birth­day is rea­son for Christ­mas

The Washington Times Weekly - - Letters To The Editor -

Again this year I find that Chris­tians are fight­ing the bat­tle over Christ­mas be­ing re­ferred to as just “Happy Hol­i­day.”

De­part­ment stores as well as other es­tab­lish­ments and the me­dia are try­ing to change this day known as Christ­mas to “Happy Hol­i­day,” They say they do not want to of­fend any­one else cel­e­brat­ing an­other re­li­gious day such as Hanukkah, but this makes ab­so­lutely no sense. Christ­mas specif­i­cally has var­i­ous themes and tra­di­tions, such as trees with lights, rein­deer, homes dec­o­rated with lights, na­tiv­ity scenes and familiar sto­ries told on Christ­mas. Those cel­e­brat­ing Hanukkah have dif­fer­ent tra­di­tions rep­re­sent­ing their day. All of the days cel­e­brated fall on dif­fer­ent months of dates , and there has been no prob­lem un­til the past few years.

Christ­mas is sim­ply be­ing wiped out be­cause of a small group of com­plain­ers who choose not to ac­knowl­edge this day as Christ’s birth­day yet cel­e­brate this day as a time to ex­change gifts. What the heck are they cel­e­brat­ing? I am sure that Easter is also in dan­ger in the near fu­ture be­cause it also ref­er­ences God.

This coun­try was es­tab­lished with the idea of free­dom. Free­dom to wor­ship the God I choose to wor­ship, to go to the church I choose, and to rec­og­nize a day as Christ’s birth­day. It is per­fectly un­der­stood what is be­ing cel­e­brated on Thanks­giv­ing Day and New Year’s Day, so what do th­ese peo­ple who do not be­lieve in Christ’s birth­day think they are cel­e­brat­ing on the day that has been re­ferred to as Christ­mas? Why is it that this small group of peo­ple can­not leave alone the peo­ple who choose to cel­e­brate this day as Christ’s birth­day? No one said that ev­ery­one has to cel­e­brate this day. If you do not be­lieve in God, then don’t bother with this day.

Many hol­i­days are cel­e­brated and have al­ways been known by their names (rather than as just “hol­i­day”): Hal­loween, Thanks­giv­ing, New Year’s, Valen­tine’s Day, Easter, Me­mo­rial Day, In­de­pen­dence Day, La­bor Day, Mother’s Day and Fa­ther’s Day. Only one hol­i­day is be­ing picked on to have its name re­ferred to as some­thing else, and that day is Christ­mas.

It is so ob­vi­ous that the words God, Christ or Je­sus cause a small group of peo­ple to lose it. I do not agree with the peo­ple who do not be­lieve in God, but I leave them alone. I have no right to in­ter­fere with what they be­lieve in. So why is it that they can­not leave us who choose to cel­e­brate this day as Christ’s birth­day alone? El­iz­a­beth Leighton Cincin­nati, Ohio

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