Christmas controversy leads to winter wordplay

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Don we now our fun apparel… wait, what?  Jack Frost may not be nipping noses yet, but the holiday spirit is now in full swing. Besides, the National Football League marketing for Thanksgiving is practically nonexistent, which leaves Christmas the object of every other commercial or magazine ad people lay eyes on during this season.

Given the religious nature and origin of every child’s favorite celebration, controversy is always sure to present itself once people start singing carols and drinking hot chocolate. This year is no different, thanks to a Hallmark Christmas tree ornament that is causing many faces to turn candy cane red in outrage.

The decoration is a miniature tacky sweater that has altered lyrics to “Deck the Halls” on the front. The words read, “Don we now our fun apparel,” while the original reading is, “Don we now our gay apparel.”

This caused a huge social media backlash from both gays and straights. Some of the complaints said that Hallmark was implying that gays dressed differently and that it was wrong to be gay. This is a classic case of “d—– if you do, d—– if you don’t.”

To younger generations, the word gay is immediately related to homosexuality, which could lead to confusion as to the intent of the ornament.

This misunderstanding would, without a doubt, lead to less business from tradition–friendly families and younger generation heterosexuals.

However, when Hallmark felt compelled to diverge from use of the word “gay,” the homosexual community became furious with the greeting card company. After all, there is no crime more distasteful than discrimination.

Caught between a rock and a hard place, Hallmark can only expect coal for Christmas after this costly mistake.

Add “gay” to the list of controversial words on everyone’s lips during the holiday season.

Other tension points that show themselves to the Christian community year after year include Merry X-mas, Happy Holidays, Santa Claus and the origin of the Christmas tree.

The holiday is Christmas, nothing else. Santa Claus is not real, and the history of the Christmas tree is unknown.

Let’s put everything into a Christian university perspective. Christmas is a holiday intended to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ sent as a gift from God to save people from their sins.

That should be the true nature of Christmas–not controversy, presents, trees or Rudolf.

Is Christmas a celebration for Christians only? Obviously, the holiday is observed far beyond the reaches of a certain religion.

Christians should not get caught up in angry debates and controversy, but should focus on sharing the gospel during this season.

When Dec. 25 finally rolls around, people should kick back and relax with loved ones. However, above all else, they should remember the true meaning and spirit of Christmas.

Author: Seth Stephens

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