It's the busiest time of year for the U.S. Post Office as many are sending Christmas Cards and Gifts to loved ones across the country and around the world. Wouldn't it be nice to see signs that say Merry Christmas? Not much for Christmas decorations sadly, in most post office locations you will only find an ornament or two and maybe a "Holiday Evergreen" or "Winter Holiday" Stamp.
In a couple of recent USPS commercials you hear odd phrases like "Holiday Shopping List" or "Holiday Shipping." Like many other companies the post office has designed it's "Holiday" campaign to not offend anyone except Christians who make up 80% of all America.
You can however find Kwanzaa Stamps, Islamic Holiday Stamps and Hanukka Stamps as well. During a recent trip to the post office I asked the clerk, "Do you have any Christmas Stamps" she then handed me a stamp with a reindeer and a snowman on it. I then asked, "Do you have any stamps with the word Christmas on it?" She responded, "That's all I have." Upon further checking the USPS website you can buy 2 stamps that actually have the word Christmas on them and even a Christmas CD for purchase. So the Post Office hasn't completely removed Christmas.
Trying to find a car commercial this December that actually mentions Christmas is pretty close to impossible. WeSayChristmas.net looked at 14 major car companies and their commercials and found no mention of Christmas. I'm sure many are familiar with popular holiday campaigns like Lexus's December to Remember, BMW's Joy Sales Event, Mercedes-Benz's Winter Event and the notorious Happy Honda Days. The closest we came to identifying Christmas in a commercial was when Hyundai used the song "Up on the Housetop" in a commercial yet their commercials prominently feature Hyundai Holidays.
During a recent one hour "Holiday Special" on the Food Network we counted 19 mentions of the word holiday and only two mentions of Christmas. WeSayChristmas.net believes the two mentions of Christmas were accidental and that hosts and other participants in this special were instructed not to say Christmas.
The war on Christmas has never been more apparent. Why is it when Christmas is over we stop saying Happy Holidays? Should we say Happy Holiday instead of Happy New Year? Should we rename Thanksgiving to Holidaygiving? Christmas is a federally recognized holiday but most public schools don't even mention it. Progressives want Christmas to be an archaic expression that people used to say around December 25th. Don't let that happen. Never before in the history of the U.S. has intolerance against Christmas and Christians been greater than it is today.
"Winter and Spring Break . . . Remember some years ago when we actually referred to them as Christmas and Easter Break?"
God has given us the most important gift we can ever receive in that of His one and only Son, Jesus Christ. Christmas provides us with a wonderful opportunity to share about Christ's Love. In public schools however, children are being told that Christmas is about a lot of other things like presents, snowmen, elves, and a red nosed reindeer. Of course there is nothing inherently bad about all of these things. There is just one important fact missing from this picture. That God sent His Son to take on human flesh so that we could be saved.
Celebrating Chrsitmas for the historic, cultural and religious significance is completely legal/constitutional in our public schools. Teachers can make use of The Nativity, Christmas Carols, and Biblical Passages so as long as the teacher is not engaged in proselytizing or diminishing another religion*. So as a public school teacher, you may have to choose your words wisely but don't forget that Christmas is a federally recognized holiday so make sure to wish everyone Merry Christmas and not happy holidays.
"Do not forget to do good and to share, for with such sacrifice God is well pleased." Hebrews 13:16
WeSayChristmas.net reccommends reading:
Kjos, Berit. Brave New Schools. Harvest House Publishers, 1995
*ACLJ column Holiday Observance in Public Schools