Merry Christmas to all!!! An Editorial on Political Correctness

The Christmas season in Canada has always been one which I've looked forward to since I can remember.
As a child growing up on the Saskatchewan prairies back in the late 40's and early 50's Santa Claus and Christmas went hand in hand like chocolate cake and ice cream. They meant family gatherings, bonfires, tobaggan parties and skating outdoors on the dugouts or sloughts along with hot chocolate and homemade cookies and friends. But most of all it meant a time of peaceful celebration and a reminder of all those good things that the Christian religion and its traditions had brought to the world.
As I grew older and moved to British Columbia in the mid 50's I also became a bit more cosmopolitan in my outlook on life yet I never forgot the feelings of joy and peace that the Christmas Season bestowed upon the nation. By this time our family had a record player and a radio and even a TV and along with all the other things that made Christmas so special we were now gifted with the sounds of choirs singing Gloria In Excelcius Deo, Silent Night, Joy to the World, Oh Come All Ye Faithful, and so many more; songs that lifted up one's spirit and drew the hearts of the people together.
Even though my family weren't regular church goers they still were believers in the Christian religion and so for me Christmas was the one season that I cherished well into the new year; holding on to the perennial sense of community that it brought to family and friends and strangers alike; a sense of wonder, of living together in more than just the ordinary, everyday way; a sense that something holy and special was present that filled the hearts of men and women and children alike and brought laughter and smiles and friendly good cheer to all.
As I grew older and raised a family I began to take note of a new trend that was beginning to take shape within the society I had been raised up in. Little by little, almost imperceptable at first, the rumours and the grumblings began to take form and it wasn't merely old Scrooge complaining in his usual humbug fashion but something much more subtle and ill defined; something ominous and dark like a shadow slowly covering the sun and bringing with it a sense almost of despair. It was the first beginnings of what I later came to realize was the novel and intrusive concept that we all now recognize as "Political Correctness."
Like some Trojan Horse it slowly began to slip into the cultural mindset of the people via the newspapers and television. It also appeared to coincide with other events like the hue and cry of those who did not want the Christian Bible read in the schools any longer because some segments of society felt it was an unfair imposition of Christian moral values upon those minorities who may have been raised up in other religious traditions.
From those early beginnings one could sense that Christianity in Canada was coming under attack by alien forces who had in mind more a season of profit for their bank accounts rather than a prophet for the season of Christ's birth.
Today this increasingly atheistic challenge to one of Canada's oldest traditions continues unabated with one minority group after another crying the blues whenever the Christmas season arrives. Their demands seem to grow more bolder with each passing year. Cries to have Christmas trees removed from public squares and public offices and government buildings ring out louder today than the sleigh bells of old. Corporations and businesses in their greediness to make profits by not offending anyone who may not be Christian demand of their workers that they not use the dreaded "Christmas" word when greeting their customers. Everything has become "Have a happy holiday" or "Best of the season" or some other such phrase that lacks the spirit of what the season truly symbolizes for Canadians.
Well, for all of those naysayers who would rather just eat, drink and be merry and not have to think about the true reason for the season I have a suggestion. Go somewhere else at Christmas time and leave those of us who welcome the spirit of Christ into our lives and communities to enjoy this most blessed of times. We've been at it now for over two thousand years and traditions that have withstood the test of such a long period of time deserve not only respect but reverence.
Back off and take your politically correct sense of selfish self-righteousness with you and we'll see you again sometime in 2012.
And for all the rest who wish to sing and commune and pray together during this time of the year I can only say again: MERRY CHRISTMAS & A HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL!
Arthur Topham
Quesnel Cariboo Sentinel