Have you noticed that a lot of stores are now open on Christmas Day? At one large grocery store chain, they told their employees that the reason they now open on Christmas is that only about 30% of Americans are Christians so why not?

In our culture, especially in the last few years, the word Christmas has become almost one of the 7 dirty words you canít say on television. We have holiday trees and winter breaks and solstice celebrations but nary a mention of Christmas.

Recently a sixth grader was penalized for daring to mention the name of Jesus in an assignment to write a poem called ďWhat Christmas means to me.Ē The poem read: ďThe best Christmas ever is when everyone is there. It is when everyone is laughing here and there. That is the Christmas I want to share. Christmas is about Jesusí birth. About peace on Earth. This is what Christmas is about. It is when He lay in a manger. And the three wise men come to see. Thatís what it means to me.Ē

11 year old Andrew Wrightís teacher circled the word ďJesusĒ on the rough draft and deducted a point saying ďHe and another child did a poem about Christ. I know we canít discuss these type [sic] of things in school so I asked the two of them to do another poem of their choice.Ē After the parentís objected to the principal the original poem, and grade, was reinstated, but the poem never made it to the Winter Writerís Board in the Hattiesburg Public School District. (citation)

According to our president we are no longer a Christian nation.

I saw a (not so) funny Christmas greeting for our post-Christian times:

Please accept with no obligation, implied or implicit my best wishes for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, low stress, non-addictive, gender neutral celebration of the winter solstice holiday, practiced within the most enjoyable traditions of the religious persuasion or secular practices of your choice, with respect for the religious/secular persuasions and/or traditions of others, or their choice not to practice religious or secular traditions at all.

In addition we wish you a fiscally successful, personally fulfilling, and medically uncomplicated recognition of the onset of the generally accepted calendar year, but not without due respect for the calendars of choice of other cultures whose contributions to society have helped make America great, (not to imply that America is necessarily greater than any other country or is the only "AMERICA" in the western hemisphere), and without regard to race, creed, color, age, physical ability, religious faith, or choice of computer platform.

Besides all of that, Christmas is just a day off work and a time when we spend lots of money we donít have for gifts no one needs. We eat too much and stress too much and for many the holidays are a lot of work for very little benefit.

At this point the next words out of my mouth would likely be ďBah. Humbug!Ē

Why celebrate Christís birth? Why not just let this celebration