- - Friday, December 18, 2015

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

As Americans head out to purchase their last minute gifts, they may notice something a little different this year.

“Merry Christmas” has been replaced with “Happy Holidays” and many of their favorite store’s Christmas decorations have been replaced with “winter decorations.”

What happened to the traditional Christmas spirit that countless knew and loved growing up?

Despite the fact that over 77 percent of adults in the U.S. identify as Christians, saying “Merry Christmas” has become close to the equivalent of naming “he who must not be named” at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry or talking about “that team up north” to Ohio State Buckeyes fans in the state of Ohio.

While the idea of replacing traditional Christmas greetings with “Season’s Greetings” and “Happy Holidays” was originally well intentioned as a way to bring about inclusiveness, it has simply gone too far and has weakened the traditional Christmas spirit.

From censored versions of the classic “A Charlie Brown Christmas” in schools to Christmas trees being removed and banned in various public spaces, some Americans have taken political correctness to a whole new level.

This “PC culture” has created an abundance of unnecessary and counterproductive Christmas shaming.

Just as the majority of Christians are not offended when their Jewish friends say “Happy Hanukah” or their Muslim friends say “Blessed Eid,” the majority of non-Christians are not offended when their Christian friends say “Merry Christmas.”

Nina Grewal, a Sikh who personally does not celebrate Christmas, explained the Christmas shaming phenomenon by saying, “How can we as a society join together to celebrate Diwali, the Chinese New Year, Hanukkah and Vaisakhi but at the same time rob Christians of the true meaning of Christmas?”

To be inclusive, Christians should not have to hide behind walls of political correctness each December.

They should not have to be ashamed of their Christmas spirit.

Instead of pandering to the “PC police,” Christians in the U.S. should regain their sense of pride in their religious traditions and rejoice in the spirit of the Christmas season.

Madison Gesiotto is a staff editor for the Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law. The author’s views are her own and do not necessarily reflect those of the Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law.

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