My opinion on Christmas:
I tend to agree with you, that the Christ in Christmas has been extensivly attacked over the years. I believe in Christ, and I try to keep it in the Christmas. However I have some unusual views of Christmas and how it should be celebrated publicly.
My dad and I have gotten into some heated debates over this.
Have you ever heard parents say that if you keep complaining about something they are just going to take it all away. Maybe complaining about not having any toys, and threatening to take what they do have to the good will.
First let me start by saying the Chrismtas tree's mistletoe, Santa, Elves, snow, 12 days, etc have noting to do with Christmas. The Christmas story is found in all 4 gospels of the new testament, I have read them all, and I didn't hear a single mention of a Christmas tree.
Our government serves one purpose in theroy, to provide social service to its citizens, including such things as management, maintence of public owned infrastucter, to collect taxes for such projects. It is not the purpose of our government to celebrate Christmas.
Chrismtas was made into a national holiday in 1870. Before then, people worked on Christmas.
Its offends people to see a nativity scene in front of a public works building, but we can have Christmas tree's and candy canes hanging from street lamps. Your tax dollars go to pay for all of that. How is that fair for those who don't celebrate Christmas?
Thats like asking Christians to pay for satanic rituals.
I love Christmas as a holiday, and I enjoy candy, tree's evergreens, decorating, and lights like everyone else does... But my bottom line is, if people can't learn to be tolorant of other peoples religions, then I feel Christmas should be a privatly held affair, and not so public as it is today.
To do this would have a spin off effect of reversing the commercialism that surrounds the holiday as it stands. Suddently when lights and santa clauses aren't something you see around every corner, people will do one of two things, they will celebrate Christmas in a manner its supposed to be celebrated, or they won't bother. It will be the end of black Friday.
BTW, Jesus wasn't born on December 25th. And it doesn't snow in the desert.
Before you die hard Christmas warriers race for that disagree button, consider this, when we start allowing religous symbols on public property, where does it stop? If the surpreme court allowed religous symbols on the lawn of a public works building, then what's to stop a candlelit pentagram in October? Or other anti-Christian symbols.
Persoally, Id rather see nothing than to see that. But that's just my two cents.
My final thought, if people can't get along with how to celebrate it, then just leave it out of the public arena all together.
EDIT: I want to reinstante my point for those who got the wrong idea, I am not opposed to decorations, tree's, Jesus, elves, etc. I just feel that if people can't agree on how to celebrate the holiday publicly, then we shouldn't shouldn't celebrate it publicly. Now if walmart or target want to put up decorations, they are private companies, they can do what ever their shareholders allow. Same as if you want to put up lights on your house, you pay your electric bill, its your business. Put a hundred nativity scenes on your front lawn, I don't have a problem with that.
Im just tired of everyone complaining.
I feel this way because this subject litterly depressed me last year. And I almost skipped Christmas this year, in fact, if it wasn't for my 7 year old, then I would. So to help me handle the way people are, I have just developed this "yea whatever" attitude towards Christmas...