The Christmas Vs. Holiday Name Game
Because of the increasingly loud anti-Christian zealots on the left, we’ve seen more and more businesses and schools having “Holiday celebrations” instead of “Christmas celebrations.”
That’s understandable. It allowed these schools and businesses to claim that they were being more inclusive (See? We’re celebrating not just Christmas, but Hanukkah and Kwanzaa!), it helped them steer clear of complaints and sometimes even legal challenges from the Michael Newdow/ACLU types, and Christians didn’t seem to mind.
However, more and more Christians are getting wise to what’s going on and are starting to feel slighted by the change. There’s nothing wrong with saying, “Happy Holidays,” or having a, “Holiday celebration,” per se, but it’s another thing entirely to say that Christmas is some sort of “dirty word” and that it shouldn’t be said because someone might get offended. This is an overwhelmingly Christian country and the vast majority of people are getting ready to celebrate Christmas. So what’s supposed to be wrong with calling it what it is?
Republican House Speaker Dennis Hastert has apparently caught wind of this vibe and is doing something about it up on Capitol Hill:
“If it’s a spruce tree adorned with 10,000 lights and 5,000 ornaments displayed on the Capitol grounds in December, it’s a Christmas tree and that’s what it should be called, says House Speaker Dennis Hastert.
Hastert, R-Ill., in a letter to the Architect of the Capitol, recommended that the annual Capitol Holiday Tree, as it has been called the past several years, be renamed the Capitol Christmas Tree.
“I strongly urge that we return to this tradition and join the White House, countless other public institutions and millions of American families in celebrating the holiday season with a Christmas tree,” Hastert wrote to Architect Alan Hantman.”
Maybe this is a small thing to some people, but Hastert was right to take action. It’s not a, “Holiday tree,” it’s a Christmas tree, and that’s what it should be called.