Has Christmas lost its Sacred Spirit? Celebrating the birth of Jesus has given many people a good reason to visit family, enjoy in warm family traditions and of course, shop! Has Commercialism taken over the spirit of Christmas? Or can the two co-exist?
New legislation in Texas, dubbed the “Merry Christmas Law,” allows public school students and teachers to dress in Christmas-themed clothes and greet each other with the saying “Merry Christmas.” The law, backed by social conservative groups who say they want to fend off the political correctness, also covers Hanukkah. The “Merry Christmas Law” will allow students and teachers to sing songs, and put up trees and other decorations, as long as their actions don’t encourage adherence to particular beliefs. The law was approved almost unanimously by the Texas legislature earlier this year. Should more states enact such a law to protect these traditions? Or should religion be kept out of schools to protect separation of church and state?
The holiday season is here, and that means there are a bunch of great local holiday events coming up. There is the Holiday Lights Train, the Lighted Boat Parade, the Downtown Holiday Parade, and Santa Cruz Snow Night, just to name a few. Whats your favorite way to celebrate the holiday season in our lovely seaside town?