Hanukkah can't compete with Christmas. And it shouldn't. Applying fairness to the holidays treats apples like oranges. So I say keep celebrating Christmas boldly, publicly, and without apology. It’s the holiday of the majority and has become America's festival of hope and charity.
Melanie Stetson Freeman/The Christian Science Monitor
’Tis the season to be contentious. Yea, even downright litigious. Merry Christmas and Happy Lawsuit. Every year, like the eternal fruitcake, it happens again: Someone sues a city over a nativity scene. This year, Athens, Texas, is under fire. Or a governor calls the state Christmas tree a “Holiday” tree, and people get really riled up at this politically correct insult to Christmas. For the 2011 episode, see “Governor Chaffee Chafes Rhode Island.” It’s playing on the nearest web search.
But it’s not just governments. Retailers can’t seem to win either. A few years ago, Target got 700,000 individual complaints because it took a holiday-neutral approach in its marketing. No “Christmas” just “Holidays.” Target apologized and brought Christmas back. But if they bring it back too vigorously, they’ll be accused of ignoring their Kwanza-and-Hanukkah celebrating customers. And how about all those atheist/pagan/solstice-loving shoppers?
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