Who cares if December 25 isn’t the actual day Jesus was born? It’s the day Christians celebrate his birth.
For some reason, every year we go around and around about this. You believe in Jesus or you don’t.
And that’s fine, either way. In America everyone has a right to believe what they want. They don’t have to be religious if that offends them or they can worship any person, place or thing they wish.
We’re usually tolerant in this country of one another’s beliefs until Christmastime. Then Christian symbols such as nativity scenes, crosses and angels in public places like stores, schools and government buildings get people all torqued up. They want equal space to put something up that’s non-religious. And that’s okay too, if it’s in good taste and has proper permission.
At the state capital in Tallahassee a brouhaha is ongoing about a manger scene at the Capitol rotunda. To offset that, a beer can pole is now there to celebrate Festivus. A blog writer from south Florida says the Capitol belongs to everybody, and it’s an issue of separation of church and state. He’s right. That’s why the ridiculous beer pole is there ... the Capitol belongs to everyone. It should be noted that there are other holiday displays at the capitol, religious and secular. A menorah in celebration of Hanukkah was recently taken down after Hanukkah ended.
I don’t feel like the state is pushing some agenda by allowing religious symbols in the Capitol, placed there with permission by organized groups of Florida citizens. The state is always displaying something at the Capitol for all kinds of interest groups.
Remember, Christmas is a Christian observance. And if you say that thousands of years ago it had a different name like Festivus, and was just a time to party and celebrate, you’re right. And if that’s the way you want to enjoy your Christmas, then do it. But Christians decided around 340AD that December 25 was a good time – and a logical date since Mary was believed to have became pregnant around March 25 – to celebrate the birth of Jesus. It’s been that way ever since.