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It’s not the holiday season. It’s Christmas, dammit!

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Federal law (5 U.S.C. 6103) establishes the following public holidays for Federal employees.

New Year’s Day
Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Washington’s Birthday
Memorial Day
Independence Day
Labor Day
Columbus Day
Veterans Day
Thanksgiving Day
Christmas Day

That last entry should grab everyone’s attention. Nowhere in that list is the term “Winter Holiday” or “Holiday Season”. The Federal Government, through law, has recognized Christmas.

What this means is this; if you take offense to the terms “Winter Holiday” or “Holiday Season” used as a substitute for the proper and legal term “Christmas”, you are well within your right to call it out and to express your concern.

Call it what it is; that’s what words are for. We don’t modify “Happy Hanukkah ” to “Happy Candle-lighting” for our Jewish friends.

It’s “Merry Christmas”. Oh, yea, and it ain’t no “Holiday Tree” or “Family Tree” as Lowes wants to call it a couple of years ago. Nice try, Lowes, but as you found out, trying to rename the beloved “Christmas Tree” comes with consequences.

It’s legal to call it “Christmas” or a “Christmas Tree”.

For those still feeling compelled to change it to suit them, why don’t you leave the wording to those who observe the holiday? After all, if you want to rename it, it probably wasn’t your holiday in the first place.

Merry Christmas, everyone!

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Written by Ben

December 8, 2009 at 12:33 pm

Posted in Politics

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  1. hmm..

    I think this whole thing is a big giant non-problem.

    First of all I think “holiday season” is appropriate and in no way takes away from Christmas. There are sevearl holidays all near each other, so we call it the holiday season. I consider the “Holiday Season” to start with Thanksgiving and go all the way through New Years (and including the other religious holidays like kwanza). So when I personally say Happy Holidays, I’m not substituting Christmas or intentionally being politically correct, I’m just speaking of the whole season. I only say Merry Christmas on Christmas day (and I suppose Christmas Eve).

    Additionally, yeah, it’s silly to call a christmas tree a family tree. But America is a melting pot, and sometimes that had odd results. I have some Jewish friends who are very religous, and they celebrate the Holidays with a Christmas Tree. They call it a holiday tree and they put gifts under it and light it up and offer people “Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah” I asked them about it and they said they just think the tree is pretty.

    So yeah, people do buy Holiday Trees who aren’t Christians. And if the free market wants to supply that, I’m cool with that too.

    The BookGuy

    December 8, 2009 at 4:47 pm

  2. (and including the other religious holidays like kwanza)

    Kwanza is a black supremacist “holiday”

    Elric66

    December 8, 2009 at 5:22 pm

  3. I don’t have an opinion on Kwanza. I don’t know what it celebrates or who celebrates it. But I’d be happy to offer anyone a Happy Kwanzam and sure, when I offere a random person a Happy Holidays, if they celebrate Kwanza, sure, they’re included.

    The BookGuy

    December 8, 2009 at 5:43 pm

  4. “I don’t know what it celebrates”

    But yet you will wish them a Happy Kwanza even though it celebrates black supremeness? Wow, just wow.

    Elric66

    December 8, 2009 at 8:22 pm

  5. Hmm. So Merry Christmas is good, Happy Holidays is bad, and Kwanza is racist. Okay then.

    The BookGuy

    December 8, 2009 at 8:36 pm

  6. “Hmm. So Merry Christmas is good, Happy Holidays is bad, and Kwanza is racist. Okay then.”

    Hey, you learned something today

    Elric66

    December 8, 2009 at 10:22 pm

  7. Kwanzaa is a celebration that has its roots in the black nationalist movement of the 1960s.

    Ben

    December 8, 2009 at 10:56 pm

  8. And Christmas is a celebration thas has its roots in the roman’s pagan sun worship. *shrugs* I still wish people a Merry Christmas on December 25th.

    The BookGuy

    December 8, 2009 at 11:16 pm

  9. “And Christmas is a celebration thas has its roots in the roman’s pagan sun worship. *shrugs*”

    Actually its roots is the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. But if you want to wish someone a happy black supremacist “holiday” go right ahead.

    Elric66

    December 9, 2009 at 6:45 am

  10. Just an FYI, the Lowes “Family Tree” incident occurred in 2007 and has not been repeated. In spite of Lowes insistence that it was somehow a typo, I think Snopes got it right when they surmised it was a marketing experiment to try to broaden the appeal and duration of Christmas Tree sales. http://www.snopes.com/politics/christmas/familytree.asp

    What a blunder!

    Every Christmas we get attacks from atheists – often masquerading as another minority religion.

    I have come to view this ritual as a clash of religions vying for cultural dominance. Atheism is a religion. I defend that statement in this way, it requires faith – one must believe by faith that complex biological lifeforms were designed and challenging bioengineering feats were accomplished by unthinking microbes operating in an organized collaborative manner. Furthermore these microbes spawned and developed high levels of genetic engineering skills from a series of random chemical and electrical accidents. Barring microbial engineering one must have faith to believe random chance created complex biological marvels such as the eyeball or brain. Atheism requires a creation story where matter originates from nothingness nearly instantaneously. Finally, the belief system is defended by means of zealous suppression of opposing belief systems, through intolerance, and denigration.

    anamericanidiot.net

    December 10, 2009 at 5:23 pm

  11. Well if the belief in “global warming” can be recognized as a “religion” why not atheism?

    Elric66

    December 10, 2009 at 7:42 pm

  12. RE:The Lowes “Family Tree” incident
    Yea – I know, but it was on my mind and I decided to hunt them down (again).

    RE:Atheism is a religion.
    I know you are correct on this one. Long, long ago, I looked up the word to be sure I understood what it could actually mean. One definition:

    something one believes in and follows devotedly; a point or matter of ethics or conscience: to make a religion of fighting prejudice.

    It does not have to do with belief in a god, deity, supreme being, “force” or coffee cup bestowed with powers to create an all-knowing universe.

    So, I proved your Atheism = Religion hypothesis without a single microbe. 😉

    RE:Atheism requires a creation story where matter originates from nothingness nearly instantaneously.

    This creates a weak point in the hypothesis as it describes the Big Bang which can be attributed to a deity or supreme being and shared by Atheism.

    Ben

    December 10, 2009 at 7:48 pm

  13. When I was growing up, this time of year was always considered the Christmas holiday. Most of my friends weren’t Christians but no one complained about getting Christmas cards (or presents) at this time of the year. I think as children, all we cared about was the sentiment (and presents) of the season, and not what it was called.

    Unfortunately, organizations like the ACLU cared and they made it a point to slowly suppress its meaning. It’s gotten to the point that political correctness can at times actually seem to be quite repressive. I understand the desire to be inclusive, but it doesn’t mean we have to jettison our cultural or religious heritage. You can never satisfy everyone, so what is the point of diluting our religious traditions?

    I read about a NJ school that altered the words of “Silent Night” from “Silent night, holy night” to “Silent night, winter night” for their winter concert a few years ago. What are we teaching our kids? To be ashamed of their religious beliefs?

    Groups like the ACLU at time seem to think that freedom OF religion means freedom FROM religion. I realize that other people may not be Christians but Christians should not have to compromise their beliefs and distort the Christmas holiday.

    ML106

    December 11, 2009 at 10:04 am

  14. RE:This creates a weak point in the hypothesis as it describes the Big Bang which can be attributed to a deity or supreme being and shared by Atheism.

    Not exactly sure whether you are saying it is a weak point in the theory of evolution or that atheism is a religion. I suspect the former.

    Even though I am a Christian, I understand the question of origins is a weak point in every belief system. Without a God where did matter come from? What triggered its creation? How could complex life evolve without a designer? With a God where did He come from? How did he come to possess the power to create matter and life? What is he composed of?

    Origins is a mind-boggling concept that most people do not fully explore. Its like accepting that the national debt is $11 trillion. No one can understand exactly how much that is or how it will ever be repaid they just trust it’s someone else’s problem. In the same manner, people choose a belief system and accept its teachings. For most, there is no proof nor requirement for it.

    We’ll never find a rock labelled, “1st rock” or engraved, “made by God.” I’ve made a choice not to accept that complex life could be designed by scientist microbes, that were created by accident, in a universe that was created in 1 second – by no one.

    The “proof” only comes through experience. But gaining that experience only comes through faith and suspending our own hubris in an effort to seek the touch of God. Earnest seeking precipitates an experience of inexplicable joy and an intangible knowing. However, this is an experience that is impossible to share with anyone who thinks they know it all.

    anamericanidiot.net

    December 11, 2009 at 10:36 am

  15. RE:I suspect the former.
    Actually I was attempting to point out atheism’s acceptance of the Big Bang as do those with religion. Atheists however, make no attempt to explain its origin, conveniently dismissing the 500lb whatever-it-is.

    I also hold the idea atheism is a religion, by definition.

    RE:where did matter come from?
    While the physicists, et al. ponder the origin of matter, I’ll be over here wondering where the space came from which makes room for the matter to sit within. What made that?

    Ben

    December 11, 2009 at 11:36 am

  16. +Dear Lordy Ben, You sure do attract whackos on your site don’t you. Only the self avowed “Idiot” can claim any intelligence (fact is he has a whole lot of the right stuff!).

    Oh, and while your at it have you seen the official White House or President Obama and Family Christmas card. It is what one could expect from this creature. BB

    Brenda Bowers

    December 16, 2009 at 12:38 pm

  17. So much for using the contact page.

    Elric66

    December 16, 2009 at 9:47 pm

  18. Send an email at the address shown on the contact page. I wrote it that way to prevent spam bots from scraping the address and using it.

    Ben

    December 17, 2009 at 7:39 pm

  19. Excellent post! Christmas is a birthday of Jesus. Note that Christmas cards with religious content have disappeared from retail stores. You can find Santa, presents, trees, snowflakes, even chicks in bikinis, dogs and cats wearing Santa hats, but not one with Jesus.

    This is a bigger scheme by the supporters of globalization to erase cultural and national identities. In Canada, singing a national anthem in schools is now “voluntary.” We don’t want to hurt the feeling of our immigrants, so we destroy our own culture and traditions. But, if they did not like our traditions and culture, why they didn’t they emigrate somwhere else? There is a hidden agenda behind it and it has nothing to do with tolerance or immigration.

    Also see: http://marchtowar.wordpress.com/2009/12/14/no-christmas-at-white-house-this-year-but-hanukkah-celebration-as-ususal/

    marchtowar

    December 17, 2009 at 8:10 pm

  20. RE:We don’t want to hurt the feeling of our immigrants, so we destroy our own culture and traditions.

    … while we are forced to embrace theirs.

    Ben

    December 17, 2009 at 9:30 pm

  21. Im actually surprised about the hanukkah celebration given al-Thuggy is a Jew hater.

    Elric66

    December 17, 2009 at 10:46 pm

  22. Christmas is just about here. Thanks for the amazing post. Be safe if your going out this New Years

    bullet proof vests

    December 17, 2009 at 11:30 pm

  23. […] few days ago the site had quite the discussion on Athiests. Link. They came to the conclussion that Atheism is a religion. The conclusion is of course completely […]


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