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It's OK to Say Christmas, 2016 Edition

Just enjoy the season

By Edie J. Adler
Published on LatinoLA: December 11, 2016


It's OK to Say Christmas, 2016 Edition


Every year as I sit in front of the computer to write this column, listening to Mele Kalikimaka, enjoying my beautiful Channukah bush, and sipping eggnog "con piquete", I hope this will be the last time I'll feel compelled to do it. Sadly, every year I find more and more reasons on why I should.

No war on Christmas, you say? Then why is it that this beautiful tradition and National holiday is being dismantled little by little?

I remember how much I enjoyed going with my parents to look at the gorgeous light display put on by the workers at the DWP at Griffith Park. After I got married, my equally very Jewish husband joined us; even after Alzheimer's kidnapped my beloved Papito's and Mamita's brains, we all still loved driving there a couple of times a year. The line of cars was long and it often took a couple of hours, but the beauty and pageantry was well worth the wait. That tradition is no more. Now they have a smaller "winter" light display through the LA Zoo, and it is no longer free.

I keep getting e-mails and seeing Facebook comments about how terrible, offensive, and intolerant it is that the Hallmark channel is showing Christmas movies, and KOST plays Christmas music. I wonder if these "progressive" folks know that a great deal of this music has been composed and performed by Jews!

Nativity scenes are tolerated no more on public parks. Even Santa Claus, an image that some would argue is completely secular, has been banned in a school district in Ohio!

No war on Christmas; when was the last time you heard a store employee wish you Merry Christmas, and not happy holidays? What holiday are they referring to, exactly?

I am very active in my temple, and the LA Jewish community; believe me, I do not know any Jew who is offended by Christmas. I do know a few, though, who not only enjoy this National holiday, but who happily partake in the festivities. Some even have a tree in their homes, like yours truly!

A few years ago my dear friend Amalia Gonzalez started a campaign to answer "...and a Merry Christmas to you to" whenever someone wished her happy holidays. I've joined that campaign and invited you to do the same. This year I would like to suggest you go a bit further: if you, like me, are fed up with this silly political correctness, call the Ohio school district and tell them just how stupid they look. Talk to store managers and tell them you're not offended by Christmas. Don't be a Grinch – you do not have to be Christian to enjoy the music, the food, and beautiful decorations, and what the holiday means!

From my Jewish home to yours, a very Merry Christmas, Happy Channukah, and a healthy, prosperous New Year!

About Edie J. Adler:
Edie J. is an actress, author, and advocate for people suffering from Alzheimer's disease. She and her husband Neal live in Valley with their 6 dogs, 4 2/4 cats, 3 birds, and a flying reindeer....all of whom love Christmas.
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