Editorial: No more ‘war on Christmas’ casualties | TahoeDailyTribune.com

Editorial: No more ‘war on Christmas’ casualties

Viewers of cable news television and listeners of AM talk radio – even readers of this newspaper – have been confronted with the strange concept this year of a “war on Christmas.” It’s a philosophy purporting the sacred American celebration is being compromised by a change in the lexicon from “Merry Christmas” to “Happy Holidays.” And it’s been gaining traction, perpetuated by the likes of TV’s Bill O’Reilly, who has even proposed boycotting businesses for politically correct phraseology.

Luckily, those of us in Lake Tahoe don’t have to be casualties of this “war.”

The spirit of Christmas is indeed cheapened if we turn it into politics, and concentrate on controversy instead of the beauty of families coming together, friends sharing time and Christians celebrating Jesus’ birth. Sure the majority of Americans are Christian, and an even bigger majority celebrates Christmas a national holiday, but the majority’s practices are not cheapened by businesses instituting a policy of using the phrase “Happy holidays” instead of “Merry Christmas.”

In terms of cultural presence, Christmas is more powerful than ever. It has become increasingly commercialized, with spending on gifts increasing every year at an ever-increasing rate. This trend may be more of a threat to the spirit of Christmas than a shift in jargon.

There’s enough real war in the world to keep us occupied, so let’s let others have their “war on Christmas.” Here Christmas is more important than that.

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