Here we go again . . . The name of Philadelphia's German Christmas Village adjacent to City Hall has been changed to "Holiday Village" because some people have objected to the word "Christmas."
According to the Philadelphia Daily News, "the letters spelling 'Christmas' were removed yesterday afternoon from the archways on the north and west sides of the plaza, at the request of Managing Director Richard Negrin. They will be replaced with the word 'Holiday.'"
The city's spokesperson Mark McDonald says that Negrin asked for the change after the city received complaints. Again, from the Daily News: "As a city of great diversity, one shouldn't be surprised that there's a difference of views when it comes to symbols and words," McDonald said.
For the past two years this temporary European-style shopping village has been called "Christmas Village." That's the way it started. That's the way it prospered. That's the way it should stay.
It's Christians who are spending money on Christmas in the first place. Without this holiday (and this spending) the city would be dead and merchants, stores, restaurants, theaters, etc, would be out of business.
In Europe where the tradition began these temporary markets are set up for CHRISTMAS and that's how they are named. Face it: It's about Christmas.
And be sure of this: Christians should not have to hide the name of the holiday that gave birth to Christianity.
My suggestion: Unless and until the name is changes back to "Christmas," boycott Philadelphia's bogus "Holiday Village."
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