Every year at about this time, there are reports of stores succumbing to political correctness and a a dangerous notion of multi-culturalism. They instruct employees to eschew wishing customers a “Merry Christmas” or they substitute the terms “holiday” or “seasonal” in their Christmas-time marketing and on their products. Other vestiges of Christmas are also being banished. This year, a Wal-Mart store north of Toronto told the Salvation Army that it is no longer welcome outside its doors; likewise, south of the border, Target has imposed restrictions that make it virtually impossible for Sally Ann volunteers to solicit donations for their Christmas fundraising. What do these grinches have against Christmas well-wishing and good-doing?

Just as there was no room at the inn for Mary and Joseph more than two millennia ago, today there is no room for Jesus, or the spirit of selfless giving that his life embodied, at the very time that Christians celebrate his birth. From a purely business point of view, it is, at the very least, hypocritical to depend upon the gift-buying that comes with the season while failing to recognize (as the saying goes) the reason for the season. At worst, as Michael Filonienko writes on the opposite page, it is counter-productive and diminishes the importance of the day in which countless gifts are traded – and, of course, bought.

We could, of course, boycott the stores that eschew any mention of Christmas, but would it not be better to spread real Christmas cheer where corporate grinches have dictated there should be none? Should we not wish people a “Merry Christmas,” so that they may know the peace and love of Jesus Christ at this time of year when we celebrate his birth? We must not succumb to the cult of multiculturalism, intolerance and political correctness by being afraid to announce to the world what we believe.

To all our readers, we wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. To our non-Christian readers, we wish you joy and peace and the best in whatever you may be celebrating at this time of year. True tolerance requires us not to pretend that differences don’t exist, but rather the respectful recognition of all our heritages.