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Dec 25

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Why Christmas is also a patriotic holiday here in America

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National Christmas Tree 2014 White House Official photoMany nations celebrate Christmas for religious, cultural, and/or commercial reasons. In America our national holiday of Christmas reaffirms our Judeo-Christian cultural heritage that has existed in America since 1620—nearly 400 years now.

It is this heritage that remains the basis for our “exceptional” fundamental cultural belief, acknowledged in our Declaration of Independence, that we all have God-given “unalienable rights to Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness” and that it is securing these rights that forms the justified basis for our government—a government deriving its “just powers from the consent of the governed”. It is possible that one may look upon this, here in America, as the intentional implementation of the Christian belief “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.”

From this perspective, in America our celebration of Christmas as a national holiday may then also be viewed as a patriotic holiday for it allows all of us to reaffirm the linkage between our American Judeo-Christian heritage and our American government’s central purpose to secure Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness for all regardless of one’s personal beliefs.

Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

 

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