During the winter months, there are a host of different holidays that come and pass in rapid-fire succession. From religious holidays such as Chanukah, Saint Lucy’s Day and Diwali, to cultural holidays such as Kwanzaa, the months of October through January are packed with distinct celebration after celebration. However, for the purposes of this column and its aims, I will endeavor to focus my attention on the most commonly celebrated — and in recent times, the most controversial — of these numerous festivities; Christmas.
Christmas, the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ, takes place on December 25th annually. Adhered to ritualistically by 2.2 billion Christians across the planet, Christmas is a time for reverence, celebration, mildness and cheer. As 70.6% of Americans are of the Christian faith, one might expect the number of Americans who recognize the birth of Christ to be a similar amount. In reality, however, the percentage of Americans who celebrate Christmas is a whopping 92% — that is, if Pew Research is to be believed. That sort of homogeny in regard to celebration of a holiday is nearly unheard of in the modern western world, and is indicative of an ultimate conclusion; Christmas is not just a Christian holiday, it is a uniquely American holiday. It is imprinted into the fabric of American society to the extent that nearly one-fifth more Americans celebrate it than are actually Christian.
With all of this in mind, there remains one question; why, then, does the political left insist on doing away with Christmas in the daily lives of Americans?
It was in the middle of a holiday party for a club I am involved in at my high school that I first encountered this perplexing truth. As the festivities were wrapping up, I was preparing to make for the afternoon bus along with several other club members. As I walked toward the door to leave, however, my ears perked up at the voice of the club president chanting behind those of us who were leaving: “Drive safe, guys! Happy holidays!” In a blind moment of admitted naïveté, I turned to the president and said “Merry Christmas!” I was shocked to see not a smile in reaction to my extension of good faith, but instead a nasty sneer spread across the club president’s face.
I am sure most if not all of my fellow Christmas lovers have encountered such a predicament. Nationwide, there is a growing shift in terms of how some Americans feel about Christmas. Specifically, those on the left seem to have a snowballing contempt for Christmas. Why that is could be due to its connection to Christianity, or its connection to American traditionalism. In any event, there is a clear disdain for Christmas and its domination over the American holiday season. As such, many leftward figures and members of the populace have sought to do away with any and all presence of Christmas wherever possible. In the school system, Christmas breaks are being replaced by “winter breaks”; in the workplace, Christmas parties are being cast aside in favor of “holiday parties”; when Christmas is allowed to be mentioned, the religious aspect of it is often heavily censored. Most troubling of all is the fact that many work protocols now advise employees to say “Happy holidays,” instead of “Merry Christmas”.
This attack on all things Christmassy is a tragic, despicable affront against American society and, in a broader sense, on western values. By bleaching the holiday season of dominance of any one holiday, the left may feel it is doing society a favor by equalizing the different celebrations. In reality, however, all that liberals are doing is wiping America clean of a beloved holiday followed by all but 8% of the population. By taking Christmas away from school, from work, and from language, youths such as the aforementioned president of my club are created; young people who have no attachment to tradition or culture, and therefore no attachment to America. The 92% of Americans deserve nothing less than to have their holiday valued by the institutions of bureaucracy in this country and retained in its current position in American society; an irreplaceable hallmark of our nation’s most beautiful virtues.