Holiday blues

Now that the 2015 Christmas holiday season is history, I’d like to express my feelings and beliefs on what is becoming an annual trend in this country, especially since that man Barrack Hussein Obama started occupying the people’s house.

First, if you were able to get out and drive around during the month of December, you had to notice the various ornaments each town chose to display to help bring out the Christmas spirit. I saw plenty of beautiful decorations that, over the years, have become synonymous with Christmas. For example, I saw bells, candycanes, stars, angels and other lighted symbols of Christmas in places like Clarkton, Dunn, Bladenboro, Whiteville, Goldsboro and others.

But wait, I failed to list my very own hometown. That’s because Elizabethtown, Dublin and Tar Heel, for some ridiculous reason, chose to use a snowflake to show how “politically correct” they are. A snowflake, of all things — are you serious? Since when did a snowflake come to represent our Christmas holiday?

I’m deeply offended by the town’s use of a snowflake, deeply offended. Why do the people running this town feel as if you have to try and satisfy every citizen and the individual beliefs they bring with them? News flash: you can’t do it. By trying to keep a small minority happy, you end up offending the majority.

It’s true, this country wasn’t founded as a Christian nation, but many of the early letters and documents truly show that it was founded on Christian beliefs and principals. As a Christian people, we welcome others to come here legally and to bring us their skills and allegiance to their new home. Since when did being “politically correct” become the law of the land?

Over the last decade or so, I’ve seen a great decline in the use of the words “Merry Christmas” in the business community. I don’t have a problem around the Thanksgiving holiday as the people I talk to always respond with Happy Thanksgiving. I don’t even have a problem during the period leading up to the day of and a few days following the New Year celebration as they always respond with Happy New Year. But not so for the Christmas season, and I have to wonder … why is that? Why are businessowners so afraid to acknowledge Christ and why tell salespeople not to respond to customers with Merry Christmas?

My wish for the 2016 Christmas holiday season is that every shopper refuse to shop at any business that refuses to acknowledge Christmas. My guess is this: the store policy will change real fast. Believe me, it seems to be the only language they truly understand because, without your money, they’re out of business. Think about it.

Jerry D. Jackson