Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Christmas Is The Holiday

Okay. I understand that we have a diverse culture here in the U.S. I realize that there are people of Jewish descent and that there are people who adhere to the Hindu, Muslim and Buddist religions. I get it that there are multiple races swirling together in our melting pot.

I’m not ignorant of these facts.

But there’s another fact that seems to always be ignored at this time of year when “the season” brings out our more litigious nature (rather than the jolly one that should be present) and that fact is this:

Christmas Day and New Year’s Day are the only two actual legal holidays on the calendar. It is for these two days that the mail stops and it is for these two days that businesses cease to operate.

In light of this irrefutable fact, any arguments regarding the preeminence of Hanukah, Kwanzaa, Ramadan, etc. during this time of the year in the United States should be moot. You can personally celebrate whatever you like. If you want to hang a Star of David and light a menorah, please feel free to do so. But the celebration of any holiday other than Christmas and/or New Year’s Day should not eclipse or supplant the days that have been set aside by this country as legal holidays.

Which is why, whether you like it or not, I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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