Originally Posted by AmberThe Bobcat
I see it is ok for Lowes to offend Christians, guess I won't shop there
The thing is this. I never recall there being a problem with Christmas in the past and why should it change now? No one was ever
offended then, why now? December 25th is CHRISTMAS
It is NOT family day nor is it holiday day. It is Christmas. From what I recall, people who celebrate Chanukah do not put up a tree (someone correct me please if I am wrong) and same goes for Kwanzaa. I can remember when I was a kid, we would decorate our house with our Christmas tree of course, but we even had a Menorah display in our window as well, along with our other Christmas lights. Sometimes, I am just so sick of people and wish I could find an island to live with my big cats and no other humans. I wouldn't have to worry about all the stupidity that people cause. No wonder I am really begining to dislike the season. Retailers are greedy and all they care about is making money, but God forbid you say Christmas!! I don't give a darn if the retail business makes money or not. That's not what it is all about. I remember when doing something for someone meant a lot, maybe even more so than getting a big pricey gift. I used to sing in a choir, along with my whole family. One of my best memories of Christmas, was when we used to go and sing on every floor of our local hospital on Christmas eve. I think there were 12 floors or so. The looks on the faces of the people, meant more than any material gift. No one ever said to us, please leave, I don't celebrate Christmas. Whether they celebrated or not, did not matter. They were happy that someone cared enough to come in and sing for them. I can still remember one elderly woman who was in intensive care. We sang quietly to her. Next thing we know, she started crying. We found out a couple days later why this woman was crying. She cried, because she heard us singing to her. She said, in her own words, she thought she had died and went to heaven and we were the angels singing to her, but she woke up and realized she was still there in the hospital. Now for me, that is what Christmas is all about.
THANK YOU. When I was a child, I remember Christmas being a lovely time, too. Sure, because of presents and family (we were not brought up in a religious family) but still a lovely, relaxed, happy time of year. Perhaps that is because I was a child and didn't have to go and do all the shopping and everything else entailed in `celebrating' Christmas, but perhaps not. Things, I think, were just different then.
The way Christmas is exploited now just sickens me - and like you say, has just turned me off it completely. Nothing to do with its religious significance, and everything to do with its commercial one.
Near the large shopping centre where I grew up, there is a small church - it is opposite the shopping centre, in actual fact. Now, every Christmas and Easter they put up a sign outside their church. It always says something profound and also quite funny - I love seeing what they put up each time there is a religious holiday such as Easter or Christmas.
This year they haven't tried to be funny. It just says `Jesus Is The Reason For The Season'. You can't leave the shops on that side without seeing it. And good on them I say - I guess they're sick of all the exploitation too, and feel that people need a reminder.
The shopping centre I'm talking about has an annual turnover of around 9 billion dollars. It is owned by Arabs. Now you tell me - what does Christmas mean to them? Lots of dollars, that's what it means. And that makes me sick. We went there last weekend (my parents live one street away) and we couldn't even park on my parents' front lawn because of all the cars up their street because of Christmas shopping. Nobody was there for church, this was the last week of November and the streets were packed full of people buying gifts - probably stressed out of their brains, too, because of all the crowding and pressure. It's just horrible.
I have never had an issue with Christmas or what it stands for. My suggestion that it be kept out of shopping centres and everything else was out of respect for its real meaning, not out of a wish for it to be hidden so I wouldn't have to see it. If you don't wish to participate in the hypocrisy of celebrating Christmas if you are not a Christian, you are given no choice because of how commercial it has become. If I were Christian I actually would find that offensve. I certainly find it offensive as a non-Christian.
It's not about hiding Christmas or making it private, it's about bringing it back to what it should stand for. Which is NOT gifts and money and spending and dollars and profit.
The ONLY problem I have with Christmas these days is the increasing exploitation of it. I think it's sad, and I think that it should stop so that people start remembering what it's supposed to be about.