It happens every year: All over the United States, scrooges take schools and other public institutions to court to challenge Christmas celebrations. Stores remove Christmas displays in favor of more generic displays of “season’s greetings.” Public spaces are cleared of manger scenes. The list goes on and on. It’s already started this year. Anyone who thinks there is no war on Christmas has their head in the sand.
I understand being indifferent, but I really do not understand why someone would want to prevent public celebrations of Christmas. What is so offensive about the holiday? How ridiculous is it to try to clear the air of Christmas songs and pretend that no one is celebrating? How bitter do you have to be to want to eliminate tradition?
I’ve lived in Japan for almost eight years now, and what do I hear in the background at stores and banks after around the third week of November? What do I see plastered about everywhere from train stations to department stores? Yes, Christmas music and signs wishing everyone a Merry Christmas. You know what percentage of Japanese people are Christians? Less than one percent. What are they thinking, right? Don’t they know they’re supposed to be offended by the words to “Silent Night” and signs that say “Merry Christmas” instead of “Season’s Greetings”?
I said it last year, and I’ll say it again:
The point is, if you don’t like Christmas, then don’t celebrate it. Why do you want to ruin it for everyone else? As a Christian in Japan, I’m a part of a minority. It has never occurred to me nor to any of my friends, however, that we should protest the Buddhist and Shintoist festivals that the municipalities here hold. I don’t participate in them, but I’m not going to go out and tell everyone else that they can’t because I don’t. Why would I? Because the message at these events “offends” me? Boo hoo. Suck it up, people.
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