How Should Christians Cope With 'Christmas Wars?'

December 8, 2010

Author: Douglas A. Hicks

Source: The Washington Post

Welcome back to the "December dilemma" death match -- the 2010 edition. In this corner are the self-proclaimed defenders of Christmas, ready and organized to denounce anyone who says "Happy Holidays." In the other corner are a more motley crew of retailers, secularists and religiously diverse citizens who communicate an inclusive holiday message but still decorate in red and green.

Christmas is loaded -- indeed, overloaded -- with symbolic power. It is a religious holy day; a national holiday; a sentimental family day; and a commercial event. No other day in the calendar has as much cultural significance, and no day has as much potential to fuel the culture wars.