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Topic: Trees (12/05/05)
TITLE: Politically Correct?
By Michelle Burkhardt
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Recently in the news, the debate continues on whether Tis' the season of Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays. Some consumers have even gone as far as to ban shopping at Wal-Mart because employees greeted customers with, “Happy Holidays,” instead of, “Merry Christmas.” Even the tradition of cutting down a tree and placing it in your home with lots of colorful lights and decorations is under battle. Is it a Christmas tree or a Holiday tree? Decorated trees outside at town squares, fire departments, and even the huge tree in front of the White House are involved in this conflict between liberals and conservatives. I consider myself to be a Christian conservative and Christmas is about Christ, therefore, the tree that we decorate every year is a Christmas tree and a Christmas tree it will stay.
Disputes over politically correct words are really quite humorous. For example, I can recall a time when women’s liberation wanted “Manholes” to be called “Person holes” and a “cockpit” to be called a “flight deck.” I can not speak for others but I am so confused on which terms to use in certain situations. For instance, using Asian instead of Chinese or Japanese, Black instead of African American, Flight Attendant instead of Stewardess. How can one keep up with the ever changing vocabulary?
One thing is for certain, Jesus will remain Jesus. Liberals can play around with the Christ in Christmas but they can not touch the Word, Jesus. As a possible solution, a new tradition can be started. Terms such as, “Jesus Tree” could be used when admiring a decorated tree and “Happy Jesus to you” could be expressed when greeting one another. Let’s see how long it takes the Liberals to have a heart attack over that one. Wait! They might not have a heart so; let’s call it a “Valentine Attack,” and watch them find a reason to change that holiday.
As a final note, as Christian we must remember that, “Jesus is the reason for the season” and He wants us to reach others by witnessing His love and shine His grace for all to see. Therefore, decorate that Christmas tree with as many lights and ornaments that can fit on it and greet one another with this Holiday cheer, “Merry Jesus!”
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