Dennison: Return Christmas to being a holy holiday

Hooray for Barnhardt arguing that merchants and everyone…observe what it signifies—the birth of Jesus Christ 2012 years ago.

To the editor:

Two terrific letters in the Capital News of Nov. 30 by Gary Barnhardt and Richard Callihan. Although vastly different in the issues addressed, I found their provocative words directly opposite each other on the opinion pages to be intimately inter-connected in spirit—especially so in the spirit of the current season.

Hooray for Barnhardt arguing that merchants and everyone, in fact, extend their greetings exactly in joyous observance of what it signifies—the birth of Jesus Christ 2012 years ago on Dec. 25, and, thus, “Merry Christmas.”Discard, as he writes, all the other bland, meaningless expressions like “happy holidays” for so-called political correctness which, I contend, isn’t an iota “correct”, politically and otherwise.

And cheers for Callihan who urged everyone to refuse buying anything made in Bangladesh sweatshops. His plea ignites from his shock at news recently of more than 100 deaths claimed in a fire at such a shop where workers risk their lives daily in deplorable working and living conditions for $45 monthly.

As he pointed out, imagine the impact in thousands of lives potentially preserved and perhaps ultimately improved if most North American consumers boycotted goods made in Bangladesh and other nations with such intolerable conditions. In Callihan’s words, that would happen “if we could force the big box stores in North America to cut their billions of dollars in profits by just a few per cent…”

Yep, and I thought that would be so in the spirit of Christ, who spoke out and crusaded so vigorously against gross injustices in His earthly life, although they may have been of a smaller scale than today’s heartless Bangladesh injustice. Bet Jesus would crusade against it were He with us today.

Might I ask, as well, all those who so worship being “politically correct,” and some of whom may have Christmas trees adorning their abodes, what exactly do you celebrate on Dec. 25?

Anyway, to all, a Merry Christmas, and a happy holiday, and holy day Dec. 25.

Wally Dennison,


Just Posted

Stargate armour debuts at Kelowna expo

The Kelowna Fan Experience will feature Jaffa armour from Stargate SG-1

Okanagan athletes among those celebrated with Aboriginal awards

Premier’s Awards for Aboriginal Youth Excellence in Sport handed out

Okanagan makes Top 5 of least affordable home markets list

The Okanagan is the fourth least affordable place in Canada to buy property on a single income

Kelowna summit will connect employers and immigrants

A session will be held tomorrow from 12 to 3 p.m. at the downtown library

Suspected overdose, poisoning calls jump in Okanagan

BCEHS statistics show calls rose last year in Kelowna, Penticton and Vernon

Vancouver Aquarium’s resident octopus released into ocean

Staff let the Giant Pacific octopus go into the waters near Bowen Island so she can reproduce

Americans blank Rockets in playoff opener

Patrick Dea stops all 39 shots to lead Tri-City to victory in Game 1 in Kelowna

Canucks find scoring touch in 5-2 win over Blackhawks

Four Vancouver skaters have two points apiece in victory over Chicago

Kamloops landlord dealing with aftermath of firebombing

Kamloops landlord claims tenant to be a nightmare

‘Not well thought out:’ Arizona family slams B.C. speculation tax

American family spends half the year in vacation home on Vancouver Island

Family of B.C. wildfire victim wants better emergency preparedness for vulnerable people

Williams Lake’s David Jeff “fell through the cracks”

Senate backs bill to legalize recreational marijuana

Justin Trudeau reminded senators that his government was elected on a promise to legalize pot

How to keep local news visible in your Facebook feed

Facebook has changed the news feed to emphasize personal connections. You might see less news.

Most Read