By Kevan Stafford
British Democrats wish everyone a merry Christmas and a happy New Year.
Annual commemoration of the birth of Jesus Christ on December 25th is a religious and cultural celebration among people in Britain, Europe, America and throughout large parts of the world. Whatever the accuracy of the nativity story or the date of Jesus’s birth, the belief that God came into the world in the form of man to atone for the sins of humanity is considered to be the primary purpose of celebrating Christmas.
The cultural and sociological significance of Christianity to our society is profound: our magnificent cathedral buildings and Parish churches, rich choral inheritance and showing kindness to others lies at the heart of our identity and it is our duty to defend and preserve from those who misguidedly seek to undermine it by, for example, banning school nativity plays, renaming Christmas as “Winter Festival” and replacing Happy Christmas greeting with Happy Holidays.
In more recent times, Christmas customs have developed towards Christmas trees and decorations, Santa Clause (Father Christmas), pulling Christmas crackers, exchanging Christmas cards, attending a convivial family meal, and exchanging gifts – especially giving presents to children. Christmas is a time of good will and a chance to show appreciation of our families.
Best wishes and may we all enjoy a peaceful and successful New Year.