As Americans, we always have choices. Sometimes they are not the choices we want, nor do they have the contrasting clarity we desire, but they are choices. A big one will be how we live our lives and the relationships those lives and those of our families, have to the state and the society around us.
One scenario, sadly possible, is a stale bloodless existence at the mercy of the state. Then Christmas and much like it will be outlawed, as any ideal and certainly no faith will be allowed to come between man and the state. What we know now, in a twisted version of Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol”, would be gone. Midnight mass, a creche in front of a church, old movies like “The Bishop’s Wife” that celebrate the spiritual and supernatural aspects of Christmas, would be consigned to a dust heap. In their place would be only the commercial and the secular. Mindless consumption would be the order of the day. If that happens they should change the name of the holiday to Retailmas. That is, if the free market still exists.
But, if America can surmount some of its existential issues, not political or economic issues but those that cut much deeper, then a cultural recovery awaits us. There could yet again be a time when all may think and worship as they please and not be subject to the PC Thought Police or to hypocritical government droids who live one way and ask us to live another.
In a future America devoid of a prejudice against faith and with a culture that encourages individuals to intellectually and spiritually flourish in their own ways, the war against Christmas would be gone. People of the Christian faith and any other faith would be free to express themselves without having to deal with the loud vicious psychosis of those who go around with a perpetual chip on their shoulders.
A traditional America, yes- Judeo-Christian, but accepting of all faiths and without government strictutes against any of them, could recover the best of family, faith, and freedom. That country, a once and perhaps future land, could rejoice in a holiday season that should bring peace and goodwill to all.