Today, this appeared in my email. I remember this poem from years ago and thought it appropriate to share. If you are Jewish, my wish is for you is a Happy Chanukah; you would not have a merry Christmas. If you are Christian, I wish you a Merry Christmas.
It is sad, years ago it did not matter, it was a greeting of cheer and warmth; I still see it as such. So in my greeting, if you are not a Christian, I mean no disrespect, just a greeting of cheer. If you are a Christian, this comes with a different meaning because He is the reason for the Season. So as you wonder at the beauty of the Christmas tree and lights, it is because "God so loved the world" that we have them to enjoy! May God richly bless you this special time of year and Merry Christmas.
When all through our land,
Not a Christian was praying
Nor taking a stand.
See the PC Police had taken away
The reason for Christmas -- no one could say.
The children were told by their schools not to sing,
About shepherds and wise men and angels and things.
It might hurt people's feelings, the teachers would say --
December 25th is just a "holiday."
Yet the shoppers were ready with cash, checks and credit,
Pushing folks down to the floor just to get it!
CDs from Madonna, an X Box, and I-Pod,
Something was changing, something quite odd!
Retailers promoted Ramadan and Kwanza
In hopes to sell books by Franken & Fonda.
As Targets were hanging their trees upside down
At Lowe's the word "Christmas" was nowhere to be found.
At K-Mart and Staples and Penney's and Sears,
You won't hear the word "Christmas" -- it won't touch your ears.
Inclusive, sensitive, di-ver-si-ty
Are words that were used to intimidate me.
Now Daschle, now Darden, now Sharpton, Wolf Blitzen,
On Boxer, on Rather, on Kerry, on Clinton!
At the top of the Senate there arose such a clatter
To eliminate Jesus in all public matter.
And we spoke not a word, as they took away our faith,
Forbidden to speak of salvation and grace.
The true Gift of Christmas was exchanged and discarded,
The Reason for the Season, stopped before it started.
So as you celebrate "winter break" under your "dream tree,"
Sipping your Starbucks, listen to me.
Choose your words carefully, choose what you say,
Shout MERRY CHRISTMAS ... not Happy Holiday!
-- Anonymous Author