While I think getting into Christmas decorations and music before Thanksgiving may be pushing things a bit, but it is heartening to know people are recognizing the season of the year… not just a generic “holiday”. Beyond just music of Christmas, including my favorite secular tune, Brenda Lee’s, “Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree”, we are hearing the real sounds of the season, Christmas Carols. As I’ve traveled and spent time in eating and retail establishments, I’ve noticed something that I hope is becoming a trend.
Even truck stops have gotten into the act. Somewhere along I-95 in the Carolinas an electronic marquee spreads the word that we should “keep Christ in Christmas”. Perhaps I am just more sensitized to these instances because of some recent interference by the judiciary in recognition of the day, or maybe I really am seeing more overt recognition of the special day as people deal with the disappointing results of the recent election and refuse to be silenced. In any case, this is something we need to support, encourage, and take part in as we are able.
Often these are mom and pop shops, or at least franchise holders with a degree of independence who display this sort of loyalty to the traditions of the season. They deserve our support, even if we have to pay a little more. Businesses like these don’t hide from the vocal and perpetually unhappy minority that seeks to take the joy of Christmas from those of us who understand the reason for the season.
As far the mega corporations that seek to profit from the birth of Jesus, there are approaches like that taken by the Gap stores and affiliates such as Athleta, and (ironically) Banana Republic where they use Christmas colors, but completely ignore any verbal recognition of the season. Then there stores like Kohls and, especially, Hobby Lobby where we see Christmas celebrated. The good folks at Liberty Counsel have, once again, put together a “Naughty and Nice” list of some major retailers and their attitude toward the holiday. If it’s important to you where you spend your hard earned money and believe it should be used for more than just acquiring more stuff, checking the list out before heading over to the mall may make you a more informed shopper.
So then, what do you do when you’ve finally ventured into the shopping arena and a clerk, intimidated by a timid management, offers you a tepid, “happy holidays”? Just smile and tell them, “and a Merry Christmas to you!” If it’s a manager, sometimes deviate from this response and I ask which holiday they are referring to, just for fun… and to make a point.
The point of all this is that now, more than ever, as our government, at various levels, cowers before demonic religions and energized atheists, is pushing harder than ever to remove the Christian influence from our nation so the people can worship at the feet of an ever expanding and controlling bureaucratic institutions, we may well be the only witness to the truth that some people hear or see. We cannot be silent.