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Sunday, January 08, 2006

A Final Note on Christmas from Peter Brimelow

Peter Brimelow, in conjunction with www.vdare.com, each year holds a "War Against Christmas Award," which takes a look at how the importance and its explicit recognition of the Christmas Season are in decline around the country. After citing numerous examples, he makes the following point (cited from Steven Rothberg):

Balance it with Christmas. Stay aware of the relative significance of other holidays when compared with Christmas. As most of us know, Christmas is one of the most valued holidays in the Christian calendar—by contrast, Hanukkah is a good deal less significant to the Jewish community. Moreover, Kwanzaa—while of great importance to many African-Americans—is primarily a cultural celebration rather than religious. As such, keep all three holidays in their proper perspective. ‘It can be a serious mistake to elevate Kwanzaa or Hanukkah to the level of Christmas,’ says Steven Rothberg, president of CollegeRecruiter.com. ‘To do so might be really insulting to Christian customers.’
The truth is that there is no “Holiday Season.” There is only Christmas. Everything else is a distraction and a delusion.
American Christians do not hunt around for days dedicated to
obscure saints—Lew Rockwell can supply a list on request—and celebrate them loudly in order to step on Ramadan or Yom Kippur. Neither should anyone else step on Christmas.
When people get cards wishing them “UNmerry Christmas”, then they can start getting offended.
And only then.

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