U.S. Conservatives and Christmas by John Pai

Christmas time is here! Christmas isn’t Christmas without the wreaths, mistletoes, caroling, fruitcakes, decorated trees and homes, magical gift-givers, presents, ugly sweaters, and obligatory family gatherings. Oh yes, and baby Jesus! While the Christmas holiday is culturally celebrated on December 25th by billions of Christians and non-Christians around the world (via the Gregorian calendar), I believe that U.S. conservatives (whether religious or not) should regard Christmas as a religiously significant annual festival rather than a secular one. I make the one following argument:

Conservatives Should Retain the Meaning and Significance of Historical Events/Celebrations.

Or at least be cautious to change them. You see a glimpse of this subject in the confederate statue debate. Some people argue that commemorative statues of Confederate Soldiers from the time of the U.S. Civil War should be destroyed. Others argue that they should be retained since whether people like it or not, the Civil War is a part of U.S. history and those statues serve as reminders. What those statues remind you of is up to you.

In the same way, Christmas was originally intended to commemorate the birth of the historical Jesus. Are conservatives willing to swiftly redefine the meaning and/or significance of historical events/festivals simply because they disagree with certain aspects of that meaning and/or significance? And if so, what are the limits in principle when it comes to cherry-picking from historical celebrations the things that conservatives like and don’t like? For example, if I don’t like the U.S. Independence Day’s meaning of national freedom and significance of a self-governing nation, should I advocate that we keep the holiday name but instead disregard all aspects of the American Revolution and use the holiday as an excuse to buy and receive gifts from people? If the vast majority of the American people wanted to, we could convert all federal holidays to mere nationally-designated days of family gatherings and gift exchanges.

Although I have a few other arguments as to why U.S. conservatives should regard the Christmas holiday as a religiously significant celebration, I will reserve them for another time. It is Christmas Eve after all.

Note: Every year, suicide and depression tend to increase during the holiday season, predominantly around late December and early January. If you experience loneliness or depression, do not be afraid or ashamed to reach out to family or friends, or call 1-800-273-8255, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Lastly for readers who identify as Christians, the Apostle Paul (a devout worshiper of Jesus Christ) once wrote in a letter to a Roman church around 50AD,

“For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:38-39).

I hope you all have a Merry Christmas!

Twitter: @JohnandHimself

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