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The Sun editorial: I (still) wish you a merry Christmas and a happy New Year

HAMBURG — A few days ago, one of our readers thanked me for not being politically correct. I took that as a compliment.

On issues such as race, gender and religious affiliation, I am careful to stay PC. I believe that discrimination of all types is ugly and uncalled for.

But the umbrella of political correctness sometimes encompasses things that it should not. Things such as Christmas.

If you, as an individual, decide to not celebrate this holiday, that is 100 percent your right and freedom; not only as a

human being, but as an American. I will stand on a soap box with you and proclaim that you are allowed to celebrate – or not – any holidays you please.

But I am also an American, and my calendar still calls Dec. 25 Christmas. Even if that designation was left off, and the date named something generic like “the snowiest holiday of them all,” I would still wish cashiers and flight attendants a merry Christmas and sing my favorite carols with a smile.

I do not normally tout my religious beliefs in this column; that is not the purpose of this space. But I do not celebrate the upcoming holiday because I legitimately believe in Santa Claus (charming though he may be) or just really, really like getting presents (although please continue sending them my way, family).

Like Charlie Brown, my dad’s favorite animated character, I take this time to celebrate the true meaning of Christmas.

To quote from Charlie’s friend Linus, wise beyond his years:

“I can tell you what Christmas is all about. Unto you is born this day in the city of David a savior, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you. Ye shall find the babe, wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in the manger. And suddenly, there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on Earth peace, good will toward men.’”

My father and I make an annual trek out to a local tree farm to pick out the perfect Christmas tree, which my mother and I then decorate with glittering ornaments. We and my siblings drink hot chocolate, eat cutout cookies and play “hot and cold” to find our hidden Christmas boxes (bigger versions of stockings).

We cry at “It’s a Wonderful Life,” laugh at Rudolph’s nose and sing along to “White Christmas.”

We and our friends traipse around the town of Boston every year, singing (perhaps off-tune, but it’s the thought that counts, right?) Christmas carols and lustily ending with “We Wish you a Merry Christmas.”

Not everybody celebrates Christmas the same way I do, and that is OK.

Our forefathers decided that the very first constitutional amendment should designate important freedoms, including that of the press, free speech and religion.

And so I embrace my constitutional freedom to continue wishing all of you a very merry Christmas.

Be safe out there, driving through the snow. Be thankful for the gift of family, during this holiday season. Celebrate like there’s no tomorrow – because none of us knows if we will see another December.

May your days truly be merry and bright. From all of us here at The Sun, have a merry Christmas and a very happy New Year.
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