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December 16, 2012

PUBLIC FORUM: Negative attitudes spoil the season

— Humbug. That is the attitude of some people as they attempt to impose their negative attitudes on most of us who are just trying to promote goodwill and enjoy the season. Instead of allowing people to celebrate Christmas for what it is, they attempt to remove Christmas from public schools, stores and the public arena. To all the good citizens attempting to extend to others the love of Christ during this time of the year, they say, “Humbug!”

Whether one chooses to believe the Christian faith or not, Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. One of the great things about Christmas is that one need not believe in Christ to join the festivities. All are welcome to celebrate the Christmas season with or without a personal, saving relationship with the Savior. Unfortunately, that does not satisfy some people as they crusade to eliminate references to Jesus Christ altogether.

The truth is that without Christ’s nativity there would be no Christmas. No Christmas gifts to celebrate the gifts presented to the Christ-child. No Christmas lights to celebrate God’s light casting out the darkness. No St. Nicholas whose Christian life gave rise to the legend of Santa Claus. No classic Christmas novel like “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens.

Just think of all that would be missing if we fail to greet one another with a “merry Christmas.” Jesus is the reason for the season, and because of that, I wish you a very merry Christmas!

Charles A. Layne, Bunker Hill

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