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​Merry Christmas in Your Face!

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The politically correct trend of removing the Christian version of the holiday season seemed to have come full circle as I watched my daughter’s Winter Concert last week. The kids sang beautifully! My daughter with gorgeous naturally curly hair seemed to steal the show in her dream of a classy Mrs. Claus dress, complete with white trim around the flowy hem and sleeves. She’s among the shortest in her grade and was front and center. But I digress! I kept waiting and waiting for a song that resonated with my Jesus-loving soul, but that moment never came. Not a single song skirted near the traditional Christmas celebrated in the U.S. since before the signing of the Declaration of Independence. The concert was completely devoid of the season’s true meaning. Even Santa was nowhere to be found in the music. It has haunted me ever since. It grieves me! My only solace is that the next day I had the privilege of leading a group of Brownie Girl Scouts in a Christmas concert at a book store, and the birth of Jesus was fully celebrated in song. We were, like, “In your face, politically correct movement! We’re singing in public about the Savior!” But without the snarky attitude.

But…Merry Christmas is Back, Right?

Anyone who watches all the news and not just mainstream media knows that our current President has pulled out all the stops in putting “Merry Christmas” front and center. That’s why the concert on Thursday was a bit of a shock. The magic of the real Christmas message may take a while to burst through the secular barriers of public schools. From elementary through masters programs, U.S. education seems to be designed as grooming ground for future politically correct citizens, who refer to genders in more than two ways, for example. And who recognize “Merry Christmas” as something rather sinister and exclusionary instead of referencing the single greatest thing that ever happened to humanity.

Keep Christ in Christmas

As a person who is even illogically incensed with the reference to “X-mas” instead of “Christmas” (since down through history, “X” has stood for “Christ”), I am thrilled that the leader of the free world is emphasizing that it’s important to keep Christ in Christmas. Through all the hoopla of the year’s most significant buying season, it all really comes down to what Linus said:

“And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flocks by night, and lo the angel of the Lord came upon them and the glory of the Lord shone round about them, and they were sore afraid, and the angel said unto them, "Fear not, for behold, I bring you tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David, a savior, tis Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you. You shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes lying in a manger."

And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly hosts, praising God and saying, "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men."

That's what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown.”

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