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I know that for many, Christmas is viewed as having ended, but for those who adhere to the Christian calendar, Christmas is still in full swing, as we moved into Epiphany on Jan. 6. Having said that, I wish to express my amusement at the politically correct and carefully chosen words detailing events at our local schools that appeared in the Tribune on Dec. 13.

In lieu of using the term “Christmas” we saw the usage of “Holiday” or “Winter,” for fear of stepping on anyone’s toes. (Remember the old days when there was the Christmas Ball at Madera High, now referred to the Winter Formal; and we used to have Christmas vacation in school, which is currently winter break? Sounds somewhat uneventful don’t you think?)

I’d like to point out that Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Jesus of Nazareth whose influence on the lives of people throughout history has never been surpassed.

No other leader has inspired so many positive changes in the lives of his followers around the globe. And truthfully our world today including our schools would be a lot better off if we all were to return to his shining example of the standards of truth and love. Remember the 10 Commandments — that short list of do’s and don’ts that’s been removed or attempted to have removed (thank you, ACLU) from all government buildings because of its connection to a religion? How appalling are those Christians trying to impose their moral doctrine on society?

“Jesus of Nazareth, without money and/or weapons, conquered more millions than Alexander, Caesar, Mohammed and Napoleon: Without science he shed more light on things human and divine than all philosophers and scholars combined; without the eloquence of schools, he spoke such words of life as were never spoken before or since and produced effects that lie beyond the reach of orator or poet; without writing a single line, he set more pens in motion and furnished themes for more sermons, orations, discussions, learned volumes, works of art and songs of praise than the whole army of great men of ancient and modern times,” wrote historian, Philip Schaff describing the overwhelming influence Jesus had on subsequent history and culture of the world.

Christmas is the celebration and recognition of Jesus’ birth which on the surface is no different than the federal and/or state holidays established for George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King, Jr., etc., as we recognize and honor their outstanding achievements and influences as well. Christianity was indeed formed by the teachings of Jesus and yes there are those of us who firmly believe He is the Son of God. However, Christmas is not about celebrating Christianity — it’s all about a man born more than 2,000 years ago — Jesus of Nazareth — the true reason for the season!

Pam Pistoresi,


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