Most Americans grew up with a Christmas tree in their home during the holidays, and perhaps even decorated it with tinsel and ornaments by hand. But the tree isn't truly complete until the Christmas lights are plugged in and the room turns aglow with color as it reflects from the ornaments and the tinsel sparkles. Then there is the caroling, Christmas specials like "Frosty the Snowman", time with family, and gift-giving.
This tradition is carried out by Christians around the world in many countries, some even celebrate where they are the minority or could even face persecution. But in the age of political correctness and SJW outrage mobs, is Christmas under threat? The tradition is set in biblical roots and celebrates the birth of Christ.
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You may even remember setting up the nativity each year with the three wise men and Mary and Joseph in a stable with a manger filled with hay and the son of God wrapped in swaddling cloth. With so much Christmas spirit in the air, is it possible that one might become offended by simply being wished a Merry Christmas? According to at least one woman, it is.
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Julia Loffe, a correspondent for GQ Magazine writes, "It’s impolite and alienating to assume I follow your religion." She goes on to say, "I like good cheer. But please do not wish me 'Merry Christmas.' It's wonderful if you celebrate it, but I don’t — and I don’t feel like explaining that to you." What could possibly be so offensive about the simple phrase "Merry Christmas"?
Loffe says she is a Jewish person, and for Jews, Christmas is not a holiday they recognize. A 1990 National Jewish Population survey found 82% of Jewish households never have a Christmas tree. Even among the Jewish people who intermarry across religions, only 71% have a Christmas tree.
Instead of Christmas, followers of the Jewish religion celebrate Hanukkah in December, or from December 2 to December 10 to be exact. Hanukkah is a Jewish festival that commemorates the rededication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem and is also known as the Festival of Lights. Followers of the Jewish religion only make up about 1.4% of the U.S. population with around 5.3 million adherents of Judaism, according to US Census Bureau estimates. Around 90% of all Americans celebrate Christmas each year.
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Loffe believes that Christmas is not a secular holiday as some would argue, but rather she believes it is purely representative of Christianity. According to a Pew Research Center survey, around 46% of Americans said they celebrate Christmas as a religious holiday rather than a cultural one. But when someone wishes Loffe a Merry Christmas, she says, "it is alienating and weird". But when the common phrase is spoken to her, she says she responds, "'Thanks. You, too.' But that feels alienating and weird, too, because now I’m pretending to celebrate Christmas."
While she admits that is is not evil or mean-spirited, she is adamant that it is "ill-fitting and uncomfortable" when someone wishes her a Merry Christmas. Loffe expressed her views on Twitter, not the greatest forum for the topic but that's neither here nor there. Needless to say, she was inundated with people wishing her a Merry Christmas!
Aside from the trolls, there was one response I found particularly interesting to Loffe's tweet. Ironically, the comment comes from a fellow Jew and she isn't on Loffe's side.
What do you think? Should we just start now with the trigger warnings for Holiday greetings?
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