Millions of people have grown up with Christmas carols that many people still find so soothing and enjoyable even today. Many millions of Christians (and even some non-believers) have grown up and lived with the Christmas spirit. Christmas was, and still is, all about love, sharing, peace and unity, as we have learned since childhood. However, in recent years, other ideas have emerged and have begun to take root here and there.
Let’s focus on the United States, for example. It’s a country known for its extravagant celebrations and very beautiful Christmas trees. But today, for the sake of political-correctness, secularism or simply to be inoffensive, speaking about “Christmas” at school in many regions of this country is prohibited. And even worse, the Christmas tree (in locations where it’s still permissible to put one up) has had its festive name diluted to the “Year-End Celebration” tree.
Question! why do we have to deprive another of their holiday, “just a celebration” that makes them happy, simply because someone else doesn’t participate or believe in it? Would it not be better to use this as an opportunity to teach young people about “living in harmony”?
Today we see a lot of articles or blog posts, where many are complaining or criticizing the schools’ ban on visits from Santa Claus and the disappearance of Christmas trees in many places in the United States, and in France etc. This is happening in places where traditionally, these trees were put up every year, much to the delight of hundreds or thousands of passersby. It seems that secularism today isn’t synonymous with diversity, tolerance, cultural exchange, or knowing or learning from one another.
Why not celebrate Christmas, when those who have always done so, have done so in the name of love, sharing, joy, life and light?
Why not celebrate Christmas, when we hear stories about the number of “unofficial truces” on the fronts between English and German soldiers during the First World War – short truces that enabled soldiers from both sides to exchange gifts and sing Christmas carols before resuming battle?
Why not celebrate Christmas, when even in this difficult situation, this holiday may have given the next soldier to be killed a chance to have lived a little bit longer, even if just long enough to enjoy a Christmas carol?
Why not celebrate Christmas, the magical day when children receive gifts, people go to church, others stay at home to pray, groups take the opportunity to make donations, while still others are happy to celebrate and enjoy the moment, and when for thousands of people, it’s simply the most wonderful day in their short lives?
Christian, Jewish, Muslim and secular holidays have always existed. They have survived the test of time; they have co-existed…That’s the magic word…Yet today we find ourselves at this point…
Anyway, for those of you who love Christmas, the end may be coming very soon. If somewhere you happen to see a Christmas tree or Santa Claus in person, approach quickly, as the party appears to be almost over.
Francklin Pierre Tenyi II / Twitter: @Tenyi2