Miller: It’s Called ‘Christmas,’ Stupid (2)

Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee has designated the traditional state Christmas tree as the “holiday tree.” So, what holiday does the tree represent — Kwanzaa, Chanukah, New Years, or Eid al-Fitr?  Are our holidays now interchangeable, or are they one big homogeneous politically correct melting pot?  Imagine walking through Macy’s and hearing, “Silver bells, silver bells. It’s Kwanzaa time in the city.  Ring-a-ling, soon it will be Eid al-Fitr.”

It’s a Christmas tree, not a holiday tree. It has always been a Christmas tree, and you can call it a holiday tree, but every two-year-old knows it’s a Christmas tree. No one is being fooled. Those afraid to mouth the word “Christmas,” as if it were some sort of obscenity, just appear foolish.

The University of California, Berkeley, provides a prayer room in the student union for Muslim students, and the University of Michigan-Dearborn has installed footbaths for Muslim students, as have a dozen other universities. A technical school in Minnesota has installed footbaths, but the coffee cart’s Christmas music has been turned off as a violation of the separation of church and state and, perhaps, insulting to those taking a footbath.

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Dogs And Christmas Dinner!

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I said it yesterday but I’ll say it again — “Merry Christmas, everyone.”

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  • Ward

    Irony Cy?

    • Cy

      Yeah, there is irony when one considers how much ranting the Jesus crowd does about Muslim intolerance.
      Other than that I have no interest in engaging this type of conversation on Jesus’ projected birthday.

      Merry Christmas, Ward

      • http://stageleft.blogspot.com stageleft

        Aye, that’s a conversation few want to have isn’t it Cy…… why did they wait until 440 C.E. to start celebrating his birthday, and why, of all times of the year available to them, did they choose the Solstice ;-)

  • stageleft

    Oh for love of all the gods who are and ever were what a tedious annual pain in the a** this whole “war on xmas” thing has become.

    With the exception of one thing all the traditions and symbols Christianity boosted from other faiths, other belief structures, and other cultures, and have tried so hard to make their own, are there – the only thing that isn’t is their religion.

    My sympathy levels are low.

    What does the “holiday tree” represent? It represents the same thing that evergreens have represented for thousands of years before Christ. Long have spruce or pine boughs been brought to the home at this time of year (specifically the Solstice) to be hung over doors and windows as decoration and wardings – they are the seasonal representation of everlasting life and hope for the next season.

    Are we sure “Christmas music” has been turned off on the food cart? Or is it really Christian songs of worship no longer ringing through the halls?

    The Disney “Christmas Parade” is on TV and “Christmas music” abounds, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bell Rock, A Holly Jolly Christmas, Frosty the Snowman … it’s an endless list and it’s all followed up with Santa Claus. Is that the next front in the annual “war on xmas” – a boycott of Disney and all their products until somewhere in the parade there’s a plastic baby Jesus in a manger surrounded by lifelike farm animals and a couple dressed up as Mary & Joseph waving at the crowd?

    My advice to Christians complaining about the lack of their religion in schools, shopping malls, public government, and the public square, during a time of the year when seasonal celebrations that were ancient long before their religion emerged are also taking place is to “suck it up”. The time when that belief structure controlled society is passed, do like the rest of us and celebrate your beliefs in your homes and your holy places because quite frankly we are just about as interested in having your beliefs foisted upon us as I am sure you would be to have ours forced upon you.

    Now, if the traditional “Airing of Grievances” is over and done with can we all get back to celebrating the things we celebrate at this time of the year?

    • Jack

      “Merry Christmas” stage. Have a good one.

      • stageleft

        Happy Solstice Jack. My hope for you and yours (and indeed for everyone here in this space you have created for us) is that you have a wonderful time with friends and family, that your homes, hearths, and plates are full, that your stories and songs are joyful and happy, and that peace, happiness, and good health, are long yours.

    • Cy

      100% agreed. This obnoxious, manufactured victimhood is doing more damage to the Christmas spirit than any generic greeting (perfectly permissible when you don’t know another’s actual religion) could ever accomplish.

      Take a chill pill and celebrate your holiday, already.