Like millions across the world, Christmas is my favorite holiday.  It’s a time to relax, spend time with family, and best of all receive obscene amounts of presents.  However, Christmas has changed, and as I have grown, I have begun to see how deep the roots of political correctness have penetrated society and skewed the meaning behind the holiday.  In our attempt to avoid offending others, we have lost our identity, and even though this nation is the melting pot of the world, we have strayed far from the values of our founding fathers.

The Christmas holiday is simply another glaring reminder of how far we have fallen, not only in America, but across the globe.

What is this truth? Why do we celebrate Christmas? Christmas has long been recognized as a Christian holiday that celebrates the birth of Jesus.  The real question is: why is mainstream America so determined to take the story of Christmas away from us?  We live in a society where our government has taken drastic measures over the years to ensure no slight reference to Christianity exists within our schools, government offices, and courthouses. From the removal of the term “Christmas” from Christmas trees to businesses preventing their employees from saying “Merry Christmas,” or the banning of Nativity scenes and other Christmas related symbols, the reasoning or excuse for removing these Christmas related ideas is an attempt to avoid “offense” and exercise proper political correctness. This is nothing new; this has been occurring for many years. Every Christmas, the light is once again shed on this growing problem that by New Years day, we have completely forgotten what had taken place. The struggle for proper recognition has turned into “The War on Christmas.”

In an article posted by CNN, Rep. Henry Brown of South Carolina discusses his resolution which calls for “fellow House members to support the use of Christmas related symbols and traditions and frown upon any attempt to ban references to the holiday.” He also speaks of the progressive deterioration of the origins of Christmas over time and the effects of the possible demise of this sacred holiday.  “What I’m afraid of — if we don’t bring some kind of closure to this continuous change, then in 20 years it will almost be completely different from what we see today … and so we would lose the whole emphasis of what the very early beginnings of Christmas was all about,” said Brown.

As a Christian, conservative, and American, I believe in the Christmas story and its importance. Political correctness is rampant within our society, and it is important that young conservatives defend the values that make our nation great.  Otherwise, we’ll be stuck in the melting pot of holiday traditions that mean nothing to us.  If we can celebrate Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and Diwali, it should be okay for me to recognize Christmas.

Jacob Harmon // University of California at San Diego // @jacobsonlv