This year has not been a good one for the political correct police and their War on Christmas. According to the American Family Association, major businesses have marketed their products this year by wishing their customers a “Merry Christmas,” without the fear of causing offence. If a company has products associated with Christmas, but refrained from using word “Christmas,” the AFA considers the businesses censoring “Christmas.”
The companies who have happily wished their customers a “Merry Christmas” include: AFA Online Store, Belk, Hobby Lobby, Lowe’s, Wal-Mart, Ace Hardware, Amazon.com, Banana Republic, Bed Bath & Beyond, Bass Pro Shops, Big Lots, Books-A-Million, Cabela’s, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Dillards, Do-It-Best Hardware, Dollar General, Gap, Inc. H.E.B. Stores, HSN.com, Hallmark, Hancock Fabrics, Harris Teeter Stores, Home Depot, Hy-Vee Stores, JCPenney, JoAnn Fabrics, Kmart, Kohl’s, Kroger, L.L. Bean, Macy’s, Marshalls, Meijer, Menard’s, Michael’s Stores, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Old Navy, Pier One Imports, ProFlowers.com, Publix, QVC.com, Rite Aid, Sam’s Club, Scheels Sporting Goods, Sears, Super D Drug, Target, TJ Maxx, Toys R Us, and Zappos.com.
There have been some businesses who have decided not to wish their customers a “Merry Christmas,” or are using the term very infrequently; these businesses include: Barnes & Noble, Family Dollar, Foot Locker, The Limited, Maurice’s, Office Depot, Office Max, Pet Smart, Staples, Stein Mart, Supervalu, Victoria’s Secret, 1-800-Flowers.com, Academy Sports + Outdoors, Bath & Body Works, Best Buy, Cooking.com, CVS Pharmacy, Fred’s, Radio Shack, Safeway, Starbucks, True Value, UncommonGoods.com, Walgreens, and Whole Foods.
Some people might not know this, but all of the days of the week are named after Germanic pagan gods and goddesses. For example, Thursday is named after the god “Thor,” and stands for “Thor’s Day.” Isn’t that funny? Some stores are afraid to use Christ when referring to Christmas, but have no problem with using the term “Black Friday,” which includes the word “Friday,” meaning the “day of Frigg,” who was a goddess. It is extremely humorous to me that these other businesses openly use the names of other gods in their daily events (including store hours posted on their doors), but they are afraid to use the name “Christ.” It appears that just the name of Christ offends people.
This year has consisted of several major strikes against anti-Christmas advocates, on a business level and also on a public level. In a recent Pew survey, 72 percent of Americans say Christian symbols, such as Nativity scenes, should be allowed on government property. 44 percent of Americans said that they believe Christian symbols should be allowed on government property even if they are not accompanied by symbols from other religions. According to PewForm.com, “The new survey also suggests that most Americans believe that the biblical Christmas story reflects historical events that actually occurred. About three-quarters of Americans believe that Jesus Christ was born to a virgin, that an angel of the Lord appeared to shepherds to announce the birth of Jesus, and that wise men, guided by a star, brought Jesus gold, frankincense and myrrh. And eight-in-ten U.S. adults believe the newborn baby Jesus was laid in a manger.”
Fox News host Bill O’Reilly has declared victory over anti-Christmas activists stating, “It isn’t a mythical war on Christmas; it’s real, and we just won.” “I’ve been doing this for about 10 years,” stated O’Reilly. “This is the only year we have not had a store command its employees not to say ‘Merry Christmas.'”
Christmas is a day of giving, filling others with joy; it is a day about the birth of a baby who was delivered in Bethlehem, who later set out to deliver mankind, offering rebirth and salvation. We must never forget the meaning of Christmas. It is not a time that is supposed to offend, but a time of delight.
From my family to yours, Merry Christmas.