The so-called War on Christmas™ has officially begun, and we’re only one week into November.
A few moments ago, I shared another person’s blog post about Starbucks and the holiday red cups.
Yesterday, a post showed up in my Facebook feed about the Santa display at Roosevelt Field mall in Garden City.
When I first visited Roosevelt Field Mall many years ago, they had a merry-go-round and a train. Over the years the magical children’s attractions somehow disappeared, as they were moved to an outlet mall down the road. Stores like Hollister moved in with their loud music, and the mall seemed to cater more to teens.
I didn’t bitch or gripe, but my visits became less frequent. That’s what happens when malls make changes that clients don’t like.
But here’s the thing from my non-Christian point of view – people who are griping about this treeless Arctic display are the same people who bitch about political correctness destroying their ability to impose their traditions on other people.
So your mall doesn’t have a Christmas tree with Santa. For whatever reason, be it because they think their interactive sci-fi display is special even without killing a pine tree or constructing a plastic monstrosity, or because they want EVERYONE to feel comfortable, even those who don’t celebrate Christmas, the mall Santa display should have little to do with how you keep Christmas.
For YEARS people have been bitching about the commercialization of Christmas. But if the mall doesn’t present to you a neatly packaged Christmas vision that meshes with your perception of Christmas, you will go on a message board and call another human being a “bitch” and tell her to “shut up” because she had the nerve to challenge your idea that Christians own the malls at Christmas?
My favorite hypocritical comment on the page was from a man who said that those who don’t like the decorations should just stay away from the mall and shop elsewhere.
Do you see where I am going with this?
Christians have a sense of entitlement like no other religion in this country. They rewrite American history to suit their own agenda, then get butt-hurt when non-Christians present them with facts, and start playing martyr/victim, claiming everybody is persecuting them.
Denying someone’s so-called right to push their religion or celebratory traditions on the general public in a privately owned business venue is NOT persecution. If you really believe that is harming your right to practice your faith, you don’t have much faith to begin with.
And just another news flash – there are plenty of Christians out there who do not use Christmas trees or teach their kids to believe in the Coca Cola version of a long-dead Saint.
These are first world problems, and we need a bit more perspective.
Decorate your own house, visit your church, frequent the stores that decorate to your taste, and quit whining when someone tries to be creative in their decor.
Personally, I think the sci-fi Arctic display with light shows could be very magical and pretty.