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Saying 'Merry Christmas' with pride
Toronto Sun ^ | Dec. 24/13 | Editorial

Posted on 12/24/2013 5:17:47 AM PST by Dartman

There's only one way to say it. It's the only way we'll ever say it.

The good news is it looks like Canadians agree. A winner has been declared in the war on Christmas.

In Monday's Sun, columnist Simon Kent drew our attention to an Angus Reid Global poll.

Respondents were asked if they preferred the term "Holiday Season" or "Christmas."

The resounding winner? Christmas! With 83% of the votes.

But hang on. Some polls differ.

In the United States, the Public Religion Research Institute found "Season's Greetings" and "Happy Holidays" has taken over "Merry Christmas."

When asked if stores and businesses should give neutral greetings "out of respect for people of different faiths" 49% agreed. 43% disagreed.

The same survey from 2010 indicated the reverse -- that 44% agreed and 49% disagreed.

In other words, Americans are becoming more politically correct. We wonder what the exact same survey done in Canada would conclude.

This is all bogus though. Christmas doesn't offend anyone. Who are these politically correct killjoys who think you can't say Merry Christmas just because someone of a different religion might be in the room?

Besides, in our society people have Christmas off work. Shops and banks are closed. It's a time for togetherness.

The group American Atheists is leading the charge in New York City. They've put up a billboard in Times Square reading "Who needs Christ during Christmas? Nobody."

Well sorry to burst your humbug bubble. But despite half of the PRRI survey respondents being politically correct, 73% still said they celebrate Christmas as a religious holiday. So apparently three-quarters of the population need Christ during Christmas.

Deal with it, American Atheists. And besides, what's it to you? Can't we all get along?

In the Angus Reid Global poll, 51% of Canadians said they celebrate Christmas for religious reasons. But 94% said they'll enjoy a Christmas dinner.

We take this to mean even people who aren't going to church to celebrate the birth of Jesus will still get into the Christmas spirit and honour the tradition. The more the merrier!

Sure, we're a diverse country. But Christmas is for everyone.

So to all Canadians, from the Sun Media family to yours: Merry Christmas!

TOPICS: Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: christmas; pride
Merry Christmas !!
1 posted on 12/24/2013 5:17:47 AM PST by Dartman
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2 posted on 12/24/2013 5:18:38 AM PST by Dartman (CDN PM Stephen Harper may not be perfect, but we don't have to be ashamed or embarassed of him.)
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To: Dartman

“The group American Atheists is leading the charge in New York City. They’ve put up a billboard in Times Square reading “Who needs Christ during Christmas? Nobody.”
I would like to see them try that here in the Philippines.
They would quickly learn what it is like to be crucified.

3 posted on 12/24/2013 5:25:07 AM PST by AlexW
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To: Dartman

I bought a gift card at Sur la table, was waited on by a Muslim woman... She gave me the most sincere Merry Christmas I have had all year..... Very nice woman with the warmest smile. All is not lost...

4 posted on 12/24/2013 5:25:45 AM PST by just me (We are taking our first steps into a thousand years of darkness)
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To: Dartman
When I say Merry Christmas at any store, I usually get a surprised look, followed by a Merry Christmas back.

So, I always initiate it knowing the employee most likely was told not to say it.

5 posted on 12/24/2013 5:25:54 AM PST by TexasCajun
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To: just me

You just gave me my smile for the day !

6 posted on 12/24/2013 5:31:03 AM PST by Dartman (CDN PM Stephen Harper may not be perfect, but we don't have to be ashamed or embarassed of him.)
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For Dec 25 and this whole period I celebrate “Christmas” not “holiday”. Happy holidays—what holiday? How about if we went around in mid January and said “Happy holiday!” “You mean Happy Martin Luther King Day?”—— “Ah who cares, it’s just another day off with pay.” If we said Happy Holiday in mid March, doesn’t that take the meaning away from St Patrick’s Day? Gee I wouldn’t want to offend someone would I?

I tell libs I am being TOLERANT by saying Merry Christmas because that’s the name of the holiday. I’ll say Happy Chanukah, and all the others, too.

7 posted on 12/24/2013 5:36:57 AM PST by raccoonradio
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To: Dartman

I sign all emails to my clients with “Merry Christmas.” If any of them are offended, then they no longer need the (considerable) benefit of my services. Period.

8 posted on 12/24/2013 5:38:00 AM PST by piytar (The predator-class is furious that their prey are shooting back.)
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To: Dartman

She said it first... :)

9 posted on 12/24/2013 5:43:07 AM PST by just me (We are taking our first steps into a thousand years of darkness)
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To: Dartman; Clive; exg; Alberta's Child; albertabound; AntiKev; backhoe; Byron_the_Aussie; ...
To all- please ping me to Canadian topics.

Canada Ping!

10 posted on 12/24/2013 6:05:58 AM PST by Squawk 8888 (I'd give up chocolate but I'm no quitter)
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I have enjoyed saying “Merry Christmas” this season, since my holiday already happened.,Christmas is the only real holiday this year. Don’t give me any kwanza crap. Don’t know a single person who celebrates that, and I pass by the school where karenga the torturer teaches. So it’s not a holiday to me.

11 posted on 12/24/2013 6:10:07 AM PST by Yaelle
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Has any Muslim or other non-believer ever refused a “Christmas bonus?”
Merry CHRISTmas to all.

12 posted on 12/24/2013 6:39:34 AM PST by banj0043
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To: Yaelle

I say Merry Christmas and I don’t celebrate it, at least not its true meaning(last time I did so, the first George Bush was president).

13 posted on 12/24/2013 7:00:17 AM PST by darkangel82
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To: Dartman

“Merry Christmas!” - in the short span of 5 minutes, in the office where I’m working this morning, among truckers, auto mechanics, manufacturing tradesmen - a regular bunch of guys in an ordinary place, on planet earth, in the Year of Our Lord 2013 this happy and clear spoken phrase has rung out not fewer than seven times. Among the salt of the earth here in the cold north nothing has changed, no offense was taken, nobody went away with the plan to attack us with lawyers, superiors, or other intrusive challenges for sharing these sentiments, using this phrase. Hearing it in this setting is nothing short of a miracle, a feeling that among the common men of this country nothing the blowhards and liberals might do will ever change us.

14 posted on 12/24/2013 7:13:33 AM PST by februus
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Merry Christmas ...

Matthew 1:18-25

18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: After His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Spirit.

19 Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not wanting to make her a public example, was minded to put her away secretly.

20 But while he thought about these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit.

21 And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.”

22 So all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying:

23 “Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.”

24 Then Joseph, being aroused from sleep, did as the angel of the Lord commanded him and took to him his wife,

25 and did not know her till she had brought forth her firstborn Son. And he called His name Jesus.

Luke 1:26-35

26 Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth,

27 to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary.

28 And having come in, the angel said to her, “Rejoice, highly favored one, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women!”

29 But when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and considered what manner of greeting this was.

30 Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God.

31 And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name Jesus.

32 He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David.

33 And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end.”

34 Then Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I do not know a man?”

35 And the angel answered and said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God.

Luke 2:4-20

4 Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David,;

5 to be registered with Mary, his betrothed wife, who was with child.

6 So it was, that while they were there, the days were completed for her to be delivered.

7 And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

8 Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night.

9 And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid.

10 Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people.

11 For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.

12 And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.”

13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying:

14 “Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!”

15 So it was, when the angels had gone away from them into heaven, that the shepherds said to one another, “Let us now go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has come to pass, which the Lord has made known to us.”

16 And they came with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the Babe lying in a manger.

17 Now when they had seen Him, they made widely known the saying which was told them concerning this Child.

18 And all those who heard it marveled at those things which were told them by the shepherds.

19 But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart.

20 Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told them.

John 1:1-18

1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

2 He was in the beginning with God.

3 All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.

4 In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.

5 And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.

6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.

7 This man came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all through him might believe.

8 He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light.

9 That was the true Light which gives light to every man coming into the world.

10 He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him.

11 He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him.

12 But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name:

13 who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.

15 John bore witness of Him and cried out, saying, “This was He of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me is preferred before me, for He was before me.’ “

16 And of His fullness we have all received, and grace for grace.

17 For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.

18 No one has seen God at any time. The only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him.

15 posted on 12/24/2013 10:29:47 AM PST by Star Traveler (Remember to keep the Messiah of Israel in the One-World Government that we look forward to coming)
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