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To the editor:
I understand that the date of Dec. 25 as a celebration of Christmas is, according to the historians, not the true birth date of Jesus Christ, but was instead a pagan celebration of the winter solstice.
I watch the History Channel so I’m also aware of what is said about the time of year that The Christ was to have been born.
As far as I’m concerned this is totally irrelevant. This is the time of year that we, as the human race, are to band together regardless of our religious affiliation for peace, good will and to help those less fortunate than ourselves.
My complaint may seem small to most people, but Christmas-type music seems to put me in the mood to enjoy the season, to remember those less fortunate than myself and to help some if I can.
I recently went into a local store that normally has music coming from its’ speakers to fit the time of year, only to find that no music of the season, in fact, no music, was playing. When I asked an employee why there was no music playing I was told that the “Front Office” had declared that no holiday music was to be played and no reference to the season was to be made.
I found this offensive and told the employee so.
I know that my beliefs and feelings are probably “politically incorrect” but I believe that seasonal music of whatever type is something to be enjoyed.
I proudly state that I’m a Christian and enjoy Christmas-type music whether it be “Silent Night” or “White Christmas” or even “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree.” However, I wouldn’t have a problem listening to Jewish or Muslim type of seasonal music.
As for the atheists, I don’t think that they have any music for the season. May the good Lord forgive me for that “politically incorrect” statement.
I apologize for griping, but it seems to me that we’re constantly hearing from the “vocal minority”, and I think it’s about time for the “silent majority” to be heard from. At least I think I am amenable.
Steven W. Spicer Sr.