The holiday formerly known as Christmas (THFKAC)

Joshua Bowman

Once upon a time, the 25th of December was known by a word that starts with the letter “C” and ends with “mas.”  Sometimes the day was abbreviated with the letter “X.” For Spanish-speakers, the name of the day started with “N” and ended with “dad.” For the French, the name started with “N” and ended with “oel.” Alas, these days, the alphabet soup can be boiled down to THFKAC, which stands for “The Holiday Formerly Known as Christmas.”

As an example, for ten students in Haymarket, Virginia, a day which started with carols and candy canes ended with detention. Apparently school administrators took exception to students spreading yuletide cheer. According to the report from WUSA, one mother received a phone call from a living incarnation of the Grinch who told her that, “not everyone wants Christmas cheer. That suicide rates are up over Christmas, and that [the students] should keep their cheer to themselves, perhaps.”

Perhaps with such Scrooges loose in the world it should come as no surprise that with the passing of each year, it becomes harder and harder to find cards that actually use the C-word. Indeed, you can now buy cards that would seem more appropriate for a Wiccan solstice celebration than for the birth of Jesus. Instead of believing in Christ, you can now send cards that tell your friends to believe in magic. Or perhaps these cards are meant for the next time Orlando makes it to the NBA playoffs?

Worst of all, for the folks over at NPR, the C-word is apparently now at the same level as unsavory Anglo-Saxon four letter formulations. Fortunately though, the FCC has not included Christmas on the list of words you can’t say on television.  After many years of Santa Claus being forced to suffer the indignity of bellowing “happy holidays” at the end of the Macy’s parade, executives at NBC have again allowed him to say “merry Christmas.”

In a nation which based on the freedom of religion, it is astonishing that some people are unable to mention the name of Christmas without embarrassment, or worse, are openly hostile to it. Christmas should be a time of joy and goodwill toward all, regardless of their religious beliefs.

Christians do not cringe in politically correct horror when Muslims celebrate Ramadan or when Jews celebrate Yom Kippur. So then, let us boldly say, “bah, humbug to ‘the holidays’ and a merry Christmas to all!”

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