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November 25, 2012

HOPKINS: Merry holiday!

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Welcome to the holiday season. I hope you and your significant other have the best holiday ever.

There’s nothing like the holiday season. The schools are preparing for their holiday concerts, the stores are offering holiday specials and soon we’ll hear people out on the streets singing holiday carols.

My wife and I will soon decorate our apartment with symbols of the holiday and we’ll cut down a ceremonial green tree and decorate it with ornaments representing the season.

I’d like to use the “C-word” to describe the holiday, but every year it seems that it’s more and more taboo. We don’t want to offend anyone and hurt their feelings.

Ahhh, to heck with it. Merry Christmas!

Yes, with Thanksgiving behind us it is now officially the Christmas season. It’s the time of year that Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, even if He seems to have faded into the background in favor of store specials, Santa Claus and Christmas songs playing nonstop on the radio.

Yet despite the prevalence of Christmas-related items all around us, there is a deliberate absence of what this particular holiday is all about. The reason? To the liberal elite — who control mass media — it’s not cool to be Christian. They’ll claim they’re being all-inclusive, but what they are really doing is encouraging the rejection of religion.

I’m not sure when it began, but I can recall hearing “Happy Holidays” and “Season’s Greetings” when I was in elementary school, in the late 1970s and early 80s. That was in television and radio advertisements, as well as some station identifiers (”Happy holidays to all of you from WXYZ-TV.”)

A hint that the political correctness was seeping into our society goes back to the 1960s when Charles Schultz’s first Charlie Brown TV special was nearly nixed by network executives because of the heavily-Christian references throughout. To Schultz’s credit, he didn’t budge and “A Charlie Brown Christmas” became an instant hit. It endures to this day because it harkens back to the charm of the past and lost innocence.

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