What do you think about retailers who refuse to tell you "Merry Christmas" or use the word "Christmas" in their ad campaigns? I just got an E-alert from American Family Association that Costco won't be advertising with the word "Christmas" this year. And I'm not feeling threatened by it. Maybe I'm just jaded and think everyone's over-reacting to corporate secularism. I hardly think that going to corporations with an attitude of "say Merry Christmas or we'll wollop you in the pocketbook" is the nicest way to go about things. But then again, what else would make a corporation listen to someone else's viewpoint? Just thinking aloud here.
And then there's this. Can we say "Merry Christmas" AND "Happy Hannukah" in stores without violating some sort of Christian oath? I'm thinking it would be nice to wish people a happy whatever they're celebrating.
Truth to tell, though... Kwanzaa just bugs me. ESPECIALLY the racist part of the holiday where black people are only supposed to buy stuff from black merchants. Another part of the holiday that bugs me is that it's all made up. If your ancestors are from Africa and you want to celebrate that, could you please look up a *real* African holiday from that *specific* place? Africa's a pretty big area. I mean, I don't celebrate any Finnish holidays, what with my ancestors being from Ireland and Scotland and all. Just saying. And silly person that I am, I'm not linking arms with every white person in the country to celebrate some overarching "glad my ancestors are from Europe" holiday at the end of December. I mean, multiculturalism is cool as long as the culture isn't made up. Pet peeve of mine. Just imagine if white people wanted to celebrate THEIR European heritage for a week and promote white businesses and white culture, and ... well, anyway. You get the idea. But it wouldn't kill me to wish you a nice holiday, even if I think the holiday is a bit wack.
If you celebrate Kwanzaa, I hope you have a HAPPY KWANZAA!! I really do. You know what? Christmas is kinda made up, too. Shhh. 'Sall right. We can get along on this. I'll celebrate my made-up holiday complete with a foot-tall tree, and you can wish me a Happy Hannukah, Ramadan, Christmas and whatever (go ahead and cover it all just in case I change my mind mid-season) and I'll wish all that back to you. You can think Christmas is kinda silly if you want. It's a free country (relatively speaking). Why are Christians so hepped up about defending Christmas in our country? I don't get it.
I think these businesses can say whatever they want, and we as Christians have the right to shop there or not. Naturally, if most people are at least nominally Christian, it might be nice to have a "Merry Christmas" banner near your "Happy Holiday" display. I guess I wonder if Jesus were ever that specific in His shopping at the corner market as to be offended and boycott if someone didn't wish Him a Happy Passover and Merry Yom Kippur. (Well... if He ever went shopping? Or just sent Judas out to do all the marketplace dirty work, leading to some sort of seething unhappiness that manifested itself later...?)
I keep hearing about how we're in a battle for our "culture" and whatnot on the radio and blogs. And yeah, replacing "Christmas holidays" with "winter break" in our schools is just plain silly. But I'm thinking the real problem is *people* leaving the Christian faith... and not a "culture" problem at all. Kind of a cart before the horse thing. I guess I'm almost relieved to hear someone say, "I'm a radical feminist and believe in abortion on demand." Hey, at least I know where she's coming from! I can start from there and find different things in common if we're going to be friends. Nobody pretending. I like that.
I guess I'd rather McDonald's just came right out and said, "HEY! This is why Ronald's been wearing the make-up all these years! He's here... he's queer... get used to it!" Then we Christians can quit stomping our feet and boycotting this and that. We'll just decide if the burgers are really worth where the money goes. It bothers me when companies do something outrageous, people protest, and then the company goes back to where it was before, at least on paper. HELLO, they TOLD YOU SOMETHING when they made the move in the first place... all they are doing by reversing themselves is either buying time from you or they're going to make these moves in smaller steps next time.
Are we wasting time being fooled on these things? Back and forth. Buy Ford. Don't buy Ford. Buy this family-friendly stuff. But don't see "that" movie. Good grief. I just have other stuff to do.
Do you think I'm overly jaded? Overly affected by the culture and that's why I don't care so much? Not sad enough about *obvious sin* that I would go ahead and EXPECT non-Christians to even have *obvious sin?* Due to the fact that, I'm reasoning, they're non-Christians and it isn't *obvious* to them that it's sin? Or even that there's this concept out there called sin? Be nice, but do tell me what you think. Oh! And God bless you.