Christmas is a federal holiday and a national tradition.

CHRISTMAS, AN AMERICAN TRADITION                        By Jeanne Chatman

     The celebration of Christmas is a national tradition in the United States. Manger scenes of  Mary, Joseph, and Baby Jesus have been displayed in public places for generations. Decorated Christmas trees with stars and angels, gracing the top, have been in public squares, courthouses, and even the White House for years.  Christmas carols, and Christmas parties have been enjoyed in schools, businesses, and government buildings for two centuries. Christmas pageants and plays have been performed in public schools, theaters, and churches since our nation began.  Christmas cards glorifying the birth of God’s Son Jesus Christ depict the true meaning of Christmas, which is God sending His Son to express His love for mankind by bringing them eternal life.  The story of the generous old Christian, Santa Clause, providing gifts for children in order to honor Christ’s birth is a tradition.  The Christmas season is a national celebration that Americans have enjoyed for over two hundred years.  It is a part of our culture and heritage. We should not be robbed of this wonderful tradition.

     There are those who wish to deny us of our wonderful Christmas celebrations.  They despise God, Christ, and Christians.  They want to either destroy our national tradition and wipe out our heritage, or replace it with heathen customs to get rid of Christianity.  Some of these people gather on the shortest day of the year, which is Winter Solstice - Dec. 21.  Atheists, Druids, Witches and pagans want equal billing with Christmas.  Their ancestors did not establish this country and set the customs and traditions.  However, it is free country.  So, if they want to watch the sun come through stone columns like at Stonehenge, and do pagan dances that is their choice.  Wicca advertises holiday cards honoring the sun god.  Atheist cards are advertised honoring Darwin, praising the theoretical ape to man chart, and writing opinions that debunk the virgin birth.  That is their choice of winter holiday.  However, they should not impose their objections to Christmas upon American citizens. Atheists, Druids, Witches, and Pagans did not establish our country.  Our pioneers ancestors carved farms and homes out of the wilderness.  They celebrated Christmas, believed in God, Jesus Christ, and the Bible. They worked hard to provide a good life for their descendents, and establish a country where new generations could enjoy their lives without persecution.  Now atheists are working toward depriving the United States of its national holiday, because they hate Christians.  Is their goal to establish a Communist state where atheism is the standard philosophy? Maybe so, but we are a democracy and have rights, which is not what people in Communist countries have.

     Atheists argue that Christmas defies “separation of church and state.”  It is a national holiday that has been enjoyed by the majority of the United States citizens for generations.  It is a tradition and part of our heritage.  The Baptists, Methodists, Catholics, Pentecostals, etc. are churches.  There is no Church of Christmas.  Christmas is a national holiday, a tradition, and a historical celebration enjoyed by Americans.  This part of our culture should not be wiped out because some Atheists, Druids, Witches, or Pagans don’t like it.  They did not establish our country.  Our Pioneer ancestors came to America to get away from the feudal system of Europe, where the government of the aristocracy and the state church infringed upon their lives and rights as human beings.  Our ancestors wanted a better life for their descendents, where they could prosper and worship without being persecuted.  So, they came to the wilderness of America and worked to establish our free, democratic republic.

     Christmas is a Federal Holiday established under the Federal Law 5 U.S.C.6103.  The U.S. government’s 2013 Holiday calendar has it listed as a day off for federal employees on December 25, 2013.

     As our nation has prospered, the celebration of Christmas has become more elaborate.  It was in full blazing glory in the 20th century.  Most stores, businesses, schools, federal buildings, churches, parks, and private homes were fully decked out for the season.  Christmas concerts, plays, and movies abounded.  Now in the beginning of the 21st century, Atheist groups want to deny the American public the joy of their Christmas holiday.  They want to wipe out all manger scenes, eliminate the word Christmas, and install the term “Winter Holiday.”  Christmas offers mankind hope.  The Son of God came to Earth in the form of a little baby, born of a virgin girl.  Jesus Christ offers us eternal life without sickness, sorrow, or aging.  He brings eternal life for our souls in God’s glorious kingdom.  Atheists offer a theory about an ancestry from an ape, the absence of a caring Creator God, and a future finality of rotting in the grave.  Christmas brings love, hope and joy, which sounds much better to me.