The True Spirit of (Christ)mas

Should the religious celebration of Christmas be a part of mainstream American culture?

     2020 years ago, the first Christmas was celebrated by some shepherds, a few animals, and a couple in love. They were celebrating the birth of God and man, all in one, lying in a meager manger. The king of kings was born into the lowest of the low. He traded his throne in heaven, for a feeding trough on earth, all to fulfill his mission as the prophesied messiah, savior of the universe for all those who believe. On that first silent night, the gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh came from the 3 wise men. 

     Today, symbols of gifts and a festive winter dominate Christmas celebrations. Christ has all but been forgotten by the majority of Americans as the number of skeptics continue to climb. The children’s tale of Santa Claus has replaced the truth found within Christ. The cultural obsession over materialism has engulfed the immaterial treasure to be found in heaven. The celebration of family gatherings, although not inherently wrong, has taken over the celebration of the birth of Christ. 

     Even though current American Christmas celebrations have very little to do with the original Biblical meaning of Christmas, there is still a push to eliminate even the mainstream celebration of the holiday because of its Christian roots. This push is slowly eroding Christmas into just a time of festivities. We see this taking fruition in cultural norms, like the replacement of “Merry Christmas” with “Happy Holidays.” Christmas celebrations have gone from reveling in the glory of Jesus’ virgin birth, to a thin Biblical veneer over a materialistic holiday, and are heading towards just a holiday season. Although I do see this future sadly taking place, I still think their fight to destroy Christmas is ill-fought. Their logic is that because Christmas is inherently a Christian holiday, by definition, it is not inclusive to non-Christians and therefore should be removed from mainstream culture, politics, schools, and public places altogether. This argument is extremely short-sided. If you take this train of thought to its logical conclusions, society would have to remove everything with Judeo-Christian roots and values. This would mean eliminating the Declaration of Independence (“endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights,”) international law (influenced by the natural law), around ⅕ of the hospitals (religiously affiliated), and quite possibly most importantly: objective knowledge. 

     This may seem like a shock or a large transition from an opinion on why Christmas should remain Christmas, but in reality, this is simply the logical conclusion of the argument that “we need to remove Christmas from the public because it is Christian.” The very basis for knowledge is founded upon a logical interpretation of information, whether that information is in the form of data or physical observations of the natural world. Without logic, you cannot have knowledge. In a public removed completely from the Bible, there is no fundamental basis for why logic should exist. Logic is transcendent (if humans were not here it would still exist), non-material (same here and in China), and is atemporal (same 1000 years ago as today). It is impossible for a universe composed of purely matter, space, time, and our consciences to produce a set of laws inherently outside of those natural confines. Therefore in this Godless universe, there is no logic so there is no possible objective knowledge to be had. This leads you to not actually know if you got up in the morning, put on your clothes, or if you are even reading this article right now. There is no fundamental basis for logic, so everything is subjective. You cannot be certain about anything. This is obviously absurd, as that in it of itself is a statement of certainty. 

     It may seem crazy, but removing Christmas and Christ from American culture results in complete absurdity.  

     The celebration of Christmas was never meant to be a jolly fun time celebrating the snow, eggnog, and seasonal songs, but a time of celebration for the savior of the universe. It is time to restore our celebrations back to this and turn our country’s course from its current path towards absurdity. The materialistic Christmas we have now is bad enough, but it would become catastrophic if the Bible and Christianity were completely stripped from public society. It is time to put Christ back into Christmas and the Bible back into American culture.