Without a doubt, Christmas is one of the most special times of the year, if not the most special. Time with family and friends, parties, great food, movies and TV specials, and giving and receiving gifts all, in one way or another, add to the joyous celebration and festive spirit of the season. And, of course, it’s the time when billions of Christians around the world celebrate the birth of their Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
A recent survey showed that 91% of Americans celebrate Christmas, regardless of their religious beliefs. Here’s how that survey breaks down:
A new study by LifeWay Research reveals that nine in 10 Americans (91 percent) personally celebrate Christmas, and those aren’t all self-identified Christians. A majority of agnostics or those claiming no preference (89 percent), individuals claiming other religions (62 percent), and even atheists (55 percent) celebrate Christmas along with 97 percent of Christians.
Yet, strangely enough, Christmas, which has been celebrated in one way or another since the 4th century, has been under increased attack in recent years. We see it most obviously in the statements of “Happy Holidays” and “Seasons Greetings” that have replaced “Merry Christmas” just about everywhere we go. Ad agencies and marketing professionals use the word “holiday” in place of “Christmas”, creating awkwardly written commercials that deny the obvious celebration that is right under all our noses.
As a Christian (and as an American), of course those word games are offensive to me and plenty of other folks, but it’s easy to dismiss the ads and the greetings as politically correct attempts to avoid offending people (even the mere 9% who don’t celebrate Christmas). But there’s something more pernicious here, and that is the series of attacks on the Christmas holiday by the Left. These salvos from the Left are no mere attempts at political correctness. Rather, they show an outright hostility toward a beloved holiday and the millions who celebrate it. And it’s not just the Christian symbols of Christmas that are being maligned. The non-sectarian Yuletide traditions are under attack as well.
There were so many unbelievable but true stories of assaults on Christmas this year that I found enough material from 2010 to make an entire list. Here are the ten most stupid attacks on Christmas this year. I hope that you’ll laugh along with me, even as you may shake your head in outrage.