Is it possible to be an American Christian without being self-pitying? Sometimes I wonder. American Christians are either being pushed to the margins of culture or else dissatisfied when a key holiday of their religion — namely the ever-commercialized Christmas whose “true meaning” is always in danger of being forgotten altogether — becomes so popular that they can’t control the use people make of it. Oh the torture of not being quite powerful enough, or powerful in precisely the right way!
The “war on Christmas” idiocy and the prickliness surrounding “happy holidays” is a case in point. As Tom Tomorrow points out, even if you leave aside inclusiveness concerns, this time of year has multiple Christian-celebrated holidays: Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s. It is, indeed, the “holiday season,” not because we’re all politically correct liberals but because there are several widely-embraced holidays in rapid succession.