In the past couple years, the War on Christmas has been a big topic in major news media. The O'Reilly Factor, Hannity & Colmes, and other prime-time talk show hosts have all had something to say about the dilemma. But now it seems that heated discussion of the War on Christmas has fallen into the backdrop of the scheme of things, and is virtually non-existent in discussions today.
But I think one big question still stands about the whole thing... Who won the War on Christmas?
A brief outline of what this war was and is all about: The War on Christmas was basically whether or not major corporations would include the words "Merry Christmas" in their T.V. advertising and billboards. Merry Christmas had become unacceptable in the eyes of many Democratic Congress People, as they felt it was an infringement on the 'Seperation of Church and State' ammendment. Nativity Scenes, words Merry Christmas, and any reference to Jesus Christ were all considered taboo and were most promptly banned, and most corporations fell into suit as they were afraid of law suits and the like.
Bill O'Reilly was an active campaigner to bring the words Merry Christmas and Nativity Scenes back into public light. O'Reilly stressed the importance of the reason for the season, and his voice and his viewers made a huge impact just a year ago. Major corporations brought back Merry Christmas into their commercials and bill boards, and Nativity Scenes were not so taboo anymore. Why? For one, many businesses were experiencing new lows in their Holiday sales due to the backlash of their ill chosen choices. Two, many people began to speak out about wanting to see Nativity Scenes brought back to the public squares. It seemed as if the War on Christmas truly was won ...
But the sad part is that it seems we are back to square one.
Today, in commercials, you don't hear Merry Christmas. Every Wal-Mart commercial I've seen, tries to further a specific product or brand, and does not mention Christmas at all. Lowe's isnt saying Merry Christmas, the same for Sam's Club, Sears, and the list goes on.
What happened? It seems that everyone is trying to straddle fences and cater to the masses, once again we see the real reason for the season being tossed aside and not given a second notice. We have fallen into complacency, and put the money as first place... What a dangerous complacency that is. This isn't a battle we can afford to lose.
It looks as if the War on Christmas has erupted again, but there is a silence among the people against it. You never hear the news media talking about it much anymore, you don't hear of people speaking out, wanting Merry Christmas to be said.
So today, to any and all readers of Conservatives United, I urge you even at this late date to speak out and say something to the major corporations. Write letters, make phone calls, speak out to the major suppliers that it's not all about the superficial products that we buy that makes Christmas, but it's our Risen Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.
The one who came as a baby in swaddling clothes, and was born in the lowliest of places. The one that came and bore the weight of the world, and bled, suffered, and died on a tree to take the weight of our sins to give us a chance at Eternal Life. The Ultimate display of human love, the Ultimate reason for Christmas.
Merry Christmas everyone. I pray the Lord will bless you this Christmas, and you can enjoy a time to forget the fast pace of life and spend a few moments of contemplation of the greatest gifts we have this time of year, family, friends, and most of all a Risen Saviour. And please, never forget that He is the reason for the season.