reply to post by amazed
I think the point is,regardless of the holiday's origin (Christmas being celebrated on the 25th of December) it is a Christian holiday.
How this holiday is celebrated, as well as birthdays, are an individual choice. A large number, if not the majority of people ,IMHO, celebrate
both the secular and religious aspects of the holdiday of Christmas.
Just because you recieve presents on Christmas (as I did) doesn't mean the religious aspects are not the top priority. The same goes for
Presents were, and are, part of these celebrations for me, and my family, by not the main focus. To say however, in defense of Senator Obama's
practices, that giving gifts is nothing but materialism, blah,blah,blah...is such nonsense.
This is an issue, because he is out of step in this practice, with MOST of America. Yes, he is diffferent. Depending on your POV this is a good thing
or a bad thing. Just don't try and hide the fact that this is different, or make some lame excuse. Maybe his goal is to discourage materialism, but
the way he chooses (denying presents on these days) is not the only way, nor necessarily a good way, IMO, to do this.
So there is an issue here, in the sense that, we elect both the policies, and the person, when we elect a President.
So to say that gift giving is soley materialistic, and vapid, when in fact, many of the same people making these comments in defense, are themselves
avid consumers, is really not a solid argument.
So chill out...