Christmas means a lot of different things to many people. To little children it means Santa Claus is coming and there will be presents and toys. To bigger children, it means a break from school. To grown ups, it means a lot of stress…buying presents, getting the house ready for parties and family gatherings, rushing around the malls and fighting traffic, worrying about paying for everything, cleaning up the mess, etc. The good news is we get to be with family and friends and watch little childrens eyes light up when they open up their presents. Christmas also has another meaning to billions of Christians around the world: the celebration of the birth of Jesus. I am not to sure if Jesus would be happy with the way we celebrate Christmas but it really annoys me when some people try to take Christ out of Christmas. If they are not Christians, that’s fine, then don’t celebrate Christmas!! Whether you want to believe it or not, there would be no Christmas without Jesus Christ. Its like other holidays we celebrate, for example; Memorial Day, 4th of July and Veterans Day. People want to have their parties and be off work but many don’t appreciate the real meaning of the holiday. Our country was founded on freedom…religious freedom. Most of our ancestors came to America to be able to worship their religion when they want and where they want. Many men and women have sacrificed their lives to protect our freedoms so we can speak freely and worship any religion. I recently attended a “holiday” program at my grand daughter’s public school. They sang “holiday” songs because they can’t say Christmas . They probably can’t say “one nation under God” in the pledge of allegiance either. The fact is, there would be no United States of America without God and no Christmas without Jesus. Merry Christmas and God Bless America!!!