Alex Binkley on Christmas - Not Seasons Greetings


'The spirit of Christmas should not be taken out of Christmas. Non-Christian, new Canadians or immigrants are not offended and do not want to be protected.'

Christmas is Christmas, not seasons greetings

By Alex Binkley
True North Perspective

One of the more tedious aspects of the inanity of political correctness is the avoidance of greeting people with a cheerful Merry Christmas.

So I would like to quote a person who works hard at not offending anyone. Commons Speaker Peter Milliken concluded the current session of Parliament with “Happy New Year and Merry Christmas” to the departing MPs.

B.C. Conservative MP Nina Grewal, a Sikh, put it this way in the Commons. “Christmas is fast approaching and tales of political correctness fill the air as many seek to remove all that is Christian from Christmas.

“Nativity scenes are banned, holiday trees replace Christmas trees and references to God, Christ and the Lord are cast aside, leaving us with just another meaningless, consumer-oriented holiday,” she said. “The spirit of Christmas should not be taken out of Christmas. Non-Christian, new Canadians or immigrants are not offended and do not want to be protected.

“Every year thousands of all faith gather to celebrate the Chinese New Year, Vaisakhi, Diwali and more,” she added. “We accept and respect each other's beliefs and traditions. Therefore, let us not strip Christians of their identity and faith and let us not abandon the traditions of religion.

“I wish my Christian friends a happy Vaisakhi and they wish me a merry Christmas and we all celebrate together. Let us celebrate Christmas as it is and as it should be,” she concluded.

I’m no church goer, but I’m offended by the small minded cabel in western countries that wants to eradicate the idea of Christmas. A journalist buddy in the Parliamentary Press Gallery was selling a special Christmas ornament as a fundraiser for his church last year. The size of a small plate, it showed a nativity scene set in white plastic over which are the words Keep Christ in Christmas.

I purchased one because I agree with the message. Enough with saying Season’s Greetings or Happy Holidays to avoid Merry Christmas. Bah humbug.

If you’re an active Christian, Dec. 25 is a very big day. Which is the message the church wanted to convey so the significance of Christmas doesn’t get lost in the all the commercial frenzy. If you’re of the lapsed persuasion or not at all, Christmas should still be a very big day because it brings together families.

When I was young, Christmas was celebrated in our family as a religious event along with presents and good food. But what I remember most was the presence of grandparents from out of town. After they were gone, my parents would have friends without any other place to go come for the day or at least dinner. The message was simple –Christmas is really about celebrating family and friends. If you don’t have them, well remember Mr. Scrooge.

Political correctness plays far too big a role in public discourse in our society. People from other religions don’t object to Christmas, Easter and other holidays. They might wish we acknowledged their special days.

I’ve never encountered someone of another faith that was upset by the words Merry Christmas. Sometimes they explain it’s not a religious holiday for them. Sometimes they just return the greeting in the same spirit that it was delivered.

The desire to eradicate Christmas from the Canadian vocabulary comes from do-gooders with a Christian background who have deluded themselves into thinking that erasing it will somehow create a kinder and gentler populace. Or that it will make new Canadians feel more at home.

What twaddle. There’re lots of hateful words and phrases to get rid of but Merry Christmas isn’t among them.

So join me in wishing everyone a Merry Christmas. It might cause them to think for a brief moment about what the day means besides shopping and big meals.

It will be a fine occasion for me because I will spend it with my family. Life doesn’t get much better than that.