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All Across Long Island, Movement Is On To ‘Keep Christ In Christmas’

Posted by on Dec. 17, 2013 at 7:09 AM
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ROCKVILLE CENTRE, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — There is more to Christmas than gifts and jingle bells, so say a growing number of people with lawn signs and bumper stickers.

As CBS 2’s Carolyn Gusoff reported Monday, there’s a growing “Keep Christ in Christmas” phenomenon.

Linda Doupe was recently found doing her Christmas shopping in a Christian store.

“Keeping Christ in Christmas is important. It’s his birthday,” said Doupe of Lynbrook.

The Advent Shop in Rockville Centre was packed with holiday shoppers who said they are tired of the commercialization of Christmas.

“Let’s make the season what it’s really about – it’s Christ’s birth. When you see Snoopy on a lawn and Santa on a motorcycle you say where is Christ in this, it’s Christmas?” shop owner Sarah Ryan said.

Ryan said she’s sold out of “Keep Christ in Christmas” bumper stickers and more shoppers than ever are looking for gifts for children with religious meaning.

“They’re saying I want this to reflect what’s important in life and not just a throw away scarf or a 100 sweaters that you don’t need,” store employee Linda Suppa said.

It’s a movement fueled by social media and a national Knights of Columbus campaign. Bumper stickers and lawn signs have popped up everywhere. The message: Christmas is not a secular holiday.

In Rockville Centre, Sean Dolan, the spokesman for the diocese, said parishioners are refocusing on Jesus as the reason for the season.

It’s a reaction, church officials said, to the shopping frenzy — the sales, the parties, the decorations often having little having to with the meaning of Christmas.

“I think people feel Christ has been pushed out of the season. Christmas is not about the solstice and winter and snowmen,” Dolan said.

“When we get into a frenzy that is only about the gifts, we forget THE gift, and that is Christ,” added Patricia Moran, of the Congregation of the Infant Jesus.

Sister Moran said there’s nothing wrong with wishing people happy holidays, but she just says “Merry Christmas.”

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candlegal
by Judy on Dec. 17, 2013 at 7:10 AM

You go K of C.

SuperChicken
by on Dec. 17, 2013 at 7:12 AM
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Christian stores would be smart to whip up this false frenzy every year.  It would be good for sales.  Disappointed kids, yeah, but good for business. 

lga1965
by on Dec. 17, 2013 at 7:25 AM
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 It isn't even the birth of Jesus. He was born in April,right? And Christmas was a folk celebration centuries ago,too.  I think there must be a lot of Fundies living on Long Island. Wow.

When they insist on the Keep Christ in Christmas stuff, they are saying that it is only a Christian celebration and it really IS NOT! They want to be "special and exclusive". Nice. They are really trying to "exclude".

....sigh.

Please....no more of this "war on Christmas" stuff. It gets old. And ridiculous.

candlegal
by Judy on Dec. 17, 2013 at 7:37 AM
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Quoting lga1965:

 It isn't even the birth of Jesus. He was born in April,right? And Christmas was a folk celebration centuries ago,too.  I think there must be a lot of Fundies living on Long Island. Wow.

When they insist on the Keep Christ in Christmas stuff, they are saying that it is only a Christian celebration and it really IS NOT! They want to be "special and exclusive". Nice. They are really trying to "exclude".

....sigh.

Please....no more of this "war on Christmas" stuff. It gets old. And ridiculous.

and yet here you are in here.

D-Town
by Silver Member on Dec. 17, 2013 at 7:43 AM
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Then they should pick a day in September and celebrate.
romalove
by Roma on Dec. 17, 2013 at 7:46 AM
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Their message can be "Christmas is not a secular holiday" as much as they wish it to be.  It does not change that in America, Christmas is both a secular and a religious holiday, secular for non-believing Americans, religious for believers.

The idea that in a country that self-identifies as three fourths Christian and has Christmas listed as a federal holiday that Christ is being "pushed out" is absurd, and those pushing such an agenda sound ridiculous.

candlegal
by Judy on Dec. 17, 2013 at 7:47 AM
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We will stick with December 25, we have used that date for years.

Quoting D-Town: Then they should pick a day in September and celebrate.


Aslen
by Silver Member on Dec. 17, 2013 at 7:50 AM
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Christmas as we know it is a pagan holiday. Early Christians moved the holiday to coincide with Yule to convert pagans. That's why we have Christmas trees and Santa Claus.

If they want to keep Christ in Christmas, they should move the holiday to when was actually BORN
Aslen
by Silver Member on Dec. 17, 2013 at 7:51 AM
Earlier, like april-june

Quoting D-Town: Then they should pick a day in September and celebrate.
momtoscott
by Platinum Member on Dec. 17, 2013 at 7:51 AM
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From the article: 

"The Advent Shop in Rockville Centre was packed with holiday shoppers who said they are tired of the commercialization of Christmas."

LOL.  Gifts with religious meaning and bumper stickers are still, you know, commercializing Christmas.  The profits are just going into a slightly different set of pockets.  

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all, who should celebrate in whatever way brings them joy.  

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