I recently read an article in Fox News of a Robbinsville, NJ Mayor who decided to go against the grain and affirm the annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony rather than succumb to political correctness in calling it a Holiday tree. Mayor Fried made a valid point "We’re gonna call it a Christmas tree and we’re gonna go back to our roots and I think that’s one of the problems we’ve had in this country, ya know. We keep sort of trying not to offend anyone and in doing so it really has sort of affected our culture and our history.” Finally, a small town mayor uttered the words a majority of Americans have silently voiced and hoped would echo from our government officials. We’re so busy trying not to offend that we strip away our own cultural and historical roots. In our attempt to diversify our world, we include the right to acknowledge every other religion, except Christianity. I commend the Mayor of Robbinsville NJ for taking a stand and in turn stand by his statement, “Personally, I feel the politicization of Christmas has gone too far.”
Ironically, while we take a stand to keep Christ in Christmas, some Christian brethren argue against it believing December 25th couldn’t possibly have been the actually date of Jesus’s birth and therefore had to be the church’s solution to satisfy the early pagan converts. Jesus’ birthday is said to be anywhere from April through September and so they say Christ birthday is celebrated on a pagan holiday. Pagans celebrate the Winter Solstice or the birth of the Sun king and we can argue the origins of the seasonal symbols until we’re blue in the face. Christians question putting up a tree because it could be a pagan tradition while the “diversity-focused” world argues it off as a Holiday tree not wanting to acknowledge Christ has anything to do with its origins as a Christmas tree.
Personally, to me it doesn’t matter what day Jesus was born and the origins of a decorated tree can be found in the eye of the beholder. We celebrate not a day… but a life that willing accepted death as the ultimate sacrifice and the greatest gift born to man. Honestly, I wouldn’t let a calendar date prevent me from celebrating the one day of the year when majority of the world acknowledges the Christ child nor would I allow the face of diversity to remove Christ from the masses. The world “needs” Christ and rather than focus on a day or a tree… I’d rather pray we’d find room in our hearts every day for our King who gave the greatest gift in being nailed to a tree. May you find room in your heart for Him every day of the year. Merry Christmas!
© By S. A. Tower, 2013