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Offense at word ‘Christmas’ is itself offensive

Mike Luckovich’s Dec. 11 editorial cartoon (“If there’s a war on Christmas, Christmas is winning”) couldn’t be further from the truth. The fact is that merchants and the news media have joined forces to eliminate any mention of this Christian observance.

Look no further than inside the Globe’s Sports section last Tuesday, which invites readers to use Globe Santa “holiday” paper to wrap gifts in the “holiday” spirit. It used to be called the “Christmas spirit.”

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For generations, this has been the Christmas season, when people bought Christmas presents, sent Christmas cards, and wished one another a merry Christmas, regardless of their religious affiliation or lack thereof. But now it has become politically incorrect to make any reference to this as a day that has religious significance. Apparently there is a tiny percentage of the population that would be offended by mention of the word “Christmas,” and taking offense has become a cottage industry in this country.

We have lost a celebration that used to unite all of us for at least one day a year. Now we have a “holiday” for which we’re urged to do battle with one another at midnight in big-box stores. Are we all the richer for it? I don’t think so.

Merry Christmas.

Jack McDonough

Tewksbury

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