Nobody puts Baby in the corner!

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!!!


4 responses to “Nobody puts Baby in the corner!

  1. Thanks and God Bless. The true meaning of Christmas is the birth of Jesus Christ.

  2. Twas the night before Christmas and Santa’s a wreck…
    How to live in a world that’s politically correct?
    His workers no longer would answer to “Elves”,
    “Vertically Challenged” they were calling themselves.
    And labor conditions at the North Pole,
    were alleged by the union, to stifle the soul.

    Four reindeer had vanished without much propriety,
    released to the wilds, by the Humane Society.
    And equal employment had made it quite clear,
    that Santa had better not use just reindeer.
    So Dancer and Donner, Comet and Cupid,
    were replaced with 4 pigs, and you know that looked stupid!

    The runners had been removed from his beautiful sleigh,
    because the ruts were deemed dangerous by the EPA,
    And millions of people were calling the Cops,
    when they heard sled noises upon their roof tops.
    Second-hand smoke from his pipe, had his workers quite frightened,
    and his fur trimmed red suit was called “unenlightened”.

    To show you the strangeness of today’s ebbs and flows,
    Rudolf was suing over unauthorized use of his nose.
    He went to Geraldo, in front of the Nation,
    demanding millions in over-due workers compensation.

    So…half of the reindeer were gone, and his wife
    who suddenly said she’d had enough of this life,
    joined a self help group, packed and left in a whiz,
    demanding from now on that her title was Ms.

    And as for gifts…why, he’d never had the notion
    that making a choice could cause such commotion.
    Nothing of leather, nothing of fur…
    Which meant nothing for him or nothing for her.
    Nothing to aim, Nothing to shoot,
    Nothing that clamored or made lots of noise.
    Nothing for just girls and nothing for just boys.
    Nothing that claimed to be gender specific,
    Nothing that’s warlike or non-pacifistic.

    No candy or sweets…they were bad for the tooth.
    Nothing that seemed to embellish upon the truth.
    And fairy tales…while not yet forbidden,
    were like Ken and Barbie, better off hidden,
    for they raised the hackles of those psychological,
    who claimed the only good gift was one ecological.

    No baseball, no football…someone might get hurt,
    besides – playing sports exposed kids to dirt.
    Dolls were said to be sexist and should be passe.
    and Nintendo would rot your entire brain away.

    So Santa just stood there, disheveled and perplexed,
    he just couldn’t figure out what to do next?
    He tried to be merry he tried to be gay,
    but you must have to admit he was having a very bad day.
    His sack was quite empty, it was flat on the ground,
    nothing fully acceptable was anywhere to be found.

    Something special was needed, a gift that he might,
    give to us all, without angering the left or the right.
    A gift that would satisfy – with no indecision,
    each group of people in every religion.
    Every race, every hue,
    everyone, everywhere…even you!
    So here is that gift, it’s price beyond worth…


  3. Brian,
    While I understand the sentiment, I don’t share the outrage. I think too much time is spent worrying about how the world advertises Jesus. I wonder if Christmas is really that important. It is great for us to remember that we are celebrating the birth of our Christ, but should we care that commerce recognizes Him? Sure it would be nice to be surrounded by what we know to be true, but will the world ever submit to Christ before He returns? You have a different opinion and I respect that, but I just think energy and time wasted on worrying about Jesus being represented by the government or commerce properly could be spent serving our neighbors and communities and families. What do you think?

  4. ketch22,
    If you heard outrage, that was not my intention. Is it disappointing, sure, but as you imply, I doubt that commerce will recognize Him until He returns.

    As I said, “They can take Christ out of popular culture, but they can’t take Him from the clutches of your heart.”

    Thanks for the comments and bless you all and your families this Christmas!

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