Via Instapundit comes the news that Amazon has now banned the term “Christmas” from one of its advertising campaigns. It is now, on Amazon, “12 Days of Holiday,” rather than “12 Days of Christmas.”
-08 Dec 2008 “MerryChristmas, Merry Christmas, MerryChristmas” by Jeffrey Goldberg in the Atlantic–
Year after year, it’s become the same old dance: Retailers and establishments alike attempting to take the “Christ” out of Christmas. From “holiday trees” to the banning of Salvation Army’s red kettle in major retail chains to the ongoing controversy over nativity scenes on public property to the replacement of “Merry Christmas” with “Happy Holidays.” What if the absence of “Christ” during Christmas resulted in the absence of the added revenue for retailers during the season? Would the retailers be singing a different tune? They sure don’t seem to reject the surge in revenue or the merriment that comes along with the Christmas season, but to credit Christ with all the buzz is seen as blaspheme to their political correct philosophy.
As they say, “it takes two to tango” and frankly, I refuse to participate! Based on the famous line in the Dirty Dancing movie, nobody puts the Baby in the corner! (I didn’t really watch the movie, my wife told me. Yeah, that’s it.) Oh, they may try to shove Jesus to the back. In fact, society attempted to ignore Christ on the very first Christmas by condemning Him to a manger to be born. Look how that turned out, He still managed to save the world. In the same way, while today’s society seeks to reject Him, He will always have a place in an equally humble place as the manger, my heart; He still managed to save me. How about you?
They can take Christ out of popular culture, but they can’t take Him from the clutches of your heart. Merry Christmas!!!