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This season deserves respect

Published 9:37am Saturday, December 14, 2013

To the Editor:

When December dawns, thoughts turn to the greatest of all seasons – Christmas. A lot of customs have become associated with Christmas since the reason for this great season was born more than 2,000 years ago. The birth of Christ changed the world and offered hope and eternal life to all that believe in him.

Today there are some who do not want to identify the greatest of all holidays by its true name. Sure retailers want Christmas gift-giving to keep growing, but some have reverted to calling Christmas “the holidays.”

Of course, the true meaning of Christmas is not the gift-giving, decorations or parties.

Nevertheless, activities observed in honor of the Christmas season should always be identified as Christmas observances.

I plan to stop shopping in stores that do not clearly identify the Christmas season.

In a country where 83 percent of the people identify themselves as Christians, this great season needs to be given the respect it is due.

So, in the future there will be no “Happy Holidays” from me. My greetings and observances shall always be identified with a big “Merry Christmas.”

John G. Kines Jr.

  • handkusp45

    Mr. Kines, I agree. We all know about the pagan holidays being merged with the birth of Christ. But it is that birth that we as a Christian Nation celebrate. Those pagan holidays in no way detract from the single most important event in the history of man, the birth of a Savior. Sinoptic, Merry Christmas.

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  • Sinoptik

    Solstice was around millennia before anyone mentioned christmas, your “christmas” tree: Pagan, giving gifts: Saturnalia. The Mesopotamians celebrated Zagmuk (winter festival on the solstice) which lasted… 12 days. BCE Scandinavians would hold their winter festival at the same time burning the Yule log and decorating trees, hanging laurel indoors and apples from trees to signify the lengthening of days and the oncoming spring.

    December 25th was the date of the winter solstice until it was offset with the Gregorian calendar, and the 25th was chosen as the day to commemorate the birth of your messiah because all messiahs for all cultures were born on the solstice, when the new sun is reborn; hint hint, metaphors. All hijacked by christianity to better indoctrinate the heathens.

    Further, there are hundreds of winter celebrations many of which are observed by many Americans. Are you so self centered as to think only your tradition should be observed or even acknowledged. How sad. Happy Holidays, Happy Solstice, Happy Saturnalia and may Marduk win out against the monster of chaos.

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  • mom22

    AMEN TO THAT!!!!

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