Christmas season should not be hidden from people

November 20, 2013 

What's in the photo?

One week after Halloween, my wife and I decided to visit Walt Disney's Magic Kingdom. I decided to attempt to capture with my camera what was so very visible to my eyes and body. There are three distinct things in one particular photo.

First, high above everything are beautiful American flags, fluttering in the breeze.

Second, Christmas decorations are virtually everywhere. If you try hard enough you might even hear the sounds of Christmas, the music and the excitement.

Third, see and feel the hordes of people.

The photo was taken at about 1 p.m. and the streets, the stores and every attraction were packed with people of all ages. It might be called "Getting in the mood." The "mood" is the spirit of Christmas. Just saying it pumps me up. About 80 percent of Americans profess to be Christian.

I wish we would take back what once was ours. I wish that schools could celebrate Christmas for what it really has been for more than 2000 years. These days we just happen to take a "winter break" at exactly the same time that was once about Christmas and the birth of Christ.

I wish every city and state could celebrate Christmas with trees and with scenes of the baby's birth. Instead, we must pretend that Jesus was never born.

Those of us who are Christian must allow any minority to do whatever it wishes as long as the vast majority keeps secret everything that we choose to believe. How very sad and unfair.

Len Sirotzki

Bradenton

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