Every year around this time, there always seems to be the perception among many that a “War on Christmas” is taking place within society at large. This stems from news that certain establishments, public and private, are working to remove expression of the holiday from everyday life. This can involve everything from whether decorations are put up, what greetings are used, to even whether a coffee cup or a piece of candy are shaped or embroidered a certain way or not. But is such an instance actually happening, or as serious as many believe?

Indeed there are instances taking place at some schools or establishments where the expression of Christmas has been curtailed potentially, but such instances are not specific to only Christmas, and even then many such instances have ended with heavy outrage and rescinding of such doctrines so that those who want to observe Christmas in their own way can. Public displays of mangers, trees, and other decorations have been the subject of litigation, but have found defense by SCOTUS judges as being protected by the First Amendment (http://caselaw.findlaw.com/us-supreme-court/465/668.html). So far as I know, no one has been jailed or fined for observing the holiday, having uttered “Merry Christmas” or not saying more open-ended greetings like “Happy Holidays”. Public research has shown that more than 90% of Americans observe or celebrate Christmas, making the holiday one of the most celebrated of the entire year (http://www.washingtontimes.com/blog/watercooler/2013/dec/23/what-christmas-wars-90-percent-all-americans-celeb/). The Christmas shopping season, while reviled in some circles, continues to be heavily participated in (http://www.statista.com/topics/991/us-christmas-season/). Taken all together, the idea that the holiday or the concept of observing it is under wide-scale attack seems unsubstantiated.

If anything, the feeling of there being a wide-scale threat against Christmas belittles the expansion of tolerance that has come in celebrating the holiday, whether in a religious or secular manner. Historically, there have been many instances of public curtailing of the holiday within our society, but that is no longer the case (https://reason.com/archives/2015/12/22/there-is-a-war-on-christmasin-the-histor/). It also diverts attention from places around the world where actual curtailment of such expression is taking place (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/topics/christmas/12067683/Somalia-joins-Brunei-by-banning-Christmas-celebrations-to-protect-Islam.html).

Therefore, kick back and enjoy the holiday, use whatever greetings you want, and feel secure in such expression. Indeed there are Grinches out there, but it isn’t as bad as one would think.

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