“WHAT A CROCK OF CRAP….. We can’t say Merry Christmas now we have to say Happy Holidays. We can’t call it a Christmas tree, it’s now called a Holiday tree? Because it might offend someone. If you don’t like our “Customs” and it offends you so much then LEAVE I will help you pack. They are called customs and we have our traditions If you agree with this…please post this as your status!! I AM A PROUD (*insert nationality here) CITIZEN… MERRY CHRISTMAS! Do you have what it takes to re post this??”
Every year, I hear the same thing…. We can’t say Merry Christmas, we’re not allowed to celebrate Christmas, schools are not allowed to have nativity plays, we can’t call it the Christmas season/Christmas Holiday’s, we HAVE to call it WINTERVAL.
People come on, you really believe this? Every year I see Christmas decorations, presents and cards getting in to shops earlier and earlier! This year I saw our local supermarket with a whole aisle of Christmas products at the end of August/beginning of September! How can you now say you’re being stopped from celebrating Christmas? So please STOP posting silly statues like above! No one, except YOU is stopping you from having a lovely Christmas! So please go and celebrate however you want; eat drink and be merry!
I do, however, agree with a recent status I have seen.
“I DO NOT CARE IF THIS DOES OFFEND SOMEONE…THIS IS WHAT I BELIEVE…I AM SICK AND TIRED OF EVERY YEAR WHEN CHRISTMAS COMES AROUND; THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO WANT TO TAKE CHRIST OUT OF CHRISTMAS BECAUSE IT MIGHT OFFEND SOMEONE…WELL, HOW ABOUT ALL OF THE CHRISTIANS?…WHAT ABOUT OFFENDING US BECAUSE YOU ARE TAKING OUR CHRIST OUT… OF CHRISTMAS?…CHRIST IS CHRISTMAS!…IF YOU AREN’T CELEBRATING CHRIST THEN WHY ARE YOU CELEBRATING?…CHRISTMAS IS ABOUT THE BIRTH OF OUR SAVIOR!…CHRISTMAS IS ONE OF A FEW HOLIDAYS LEFT THAT CELEBRATE “MY” CHRIST!…LEAVE “MY” CHRISTMAS ALONE!…AND TELL EVERYONE MERRY CHRISTMAS, NOT HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!…RE-POST IF YOU’RE NOT ASHAMED!!”
Well part of it, I do believe the Christian aspect of Christmas is being lost. As the years have gone by, Christmas has become more and more commercialised. It’s becoming more and more about the presents we give and receive, rather then the obvious aspects of going to Church, lighting advent candles, and helping those less fortunate around you. As a Muslim, who went to a Catholic School, some of my fondest memories come from watching the Advent Candle being lit, going to Mass around Christmas time, preparing shoe boxes of gifts for the children and women of the local women’s refuge. This to me was Christmas, more so then the exchanging of gifts and cards on the last day of term.
I do understand that a lot of people who are not practising Christians also celebrate Christmas, as a cultural custom, I my self am one of those people, yes, yes I know, O M G a MUSLIM celebrating CHRISTMAS????? Yes I am and I know many Muslims who may be reading this will tell my I’m not allowed to be celebrating etc, but I have Christian in-laws and the Prophet Jesus is held in high regard by all Muslims.
There is one thing I would like to urge those people like my self, please do not forget the core values of Christmas (the core message of Christ transcends the Christian faith and we all can take a lesson from it). Don’t panic about getting the most up to date gadget, the most expensive piece of jewellery, because I honestly believe your loved ones and friends would prefer to just spend some time with you and would appreciate a thoughtful gift that doesn’t leave you in debt till next Christmas.
So from a Muslim to everyone out there, I hope you all enjoy this time of year, whether you are celebrating or not, I hope you all have a Merry Christmas!