• The Decline of Christmas Echoes the Decline of America

    Surge Summary: The decline of the classic Christmas season from what it had been during “The Greatest Generation” and until the 1970s is a reflection of the decline of America in general. 

    by Candace Hardin

    Has anyone ever thought of the fact that most of our Christmas songs and traditions are only about 75 or so years old? Doesn’t it seem like this array has just always been there, always been that way?

    Well, it hasn’t always been so joyous and celebrated as it came to be after World War II.

    Why is that?

    Prior to the victory of the Allies and their return to home and family, Christmas was more reserved and localized. Songs such as The Messiah and other religious hymns were in place, but jolly and more secular songs came along with popular movies, such as White Christmas and Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, among others, and were the result of a desire to make the Christmas holiday a very special time for families and friends.

    Dad, brother, uncle, son and military women, etc. had faced the horror of war, with its death and destruction. There were sights that they could never unsee. Those who were able to return home, to their wives, husbands, sweethearts and families, wanted to erase those thoughts to the best of their ability. They had fought pure, unadulterated evil and had won. It seemed their intention to eradicate such influences in the years to come.

    Many of our Greatest Generation put a great deal of time and effort into making the world as right as possible, to bring as much joy as possible to those they loved. Not only did they save the world, they saved the best part of themselves and shared that desire for happiness and perfection with the making of happy stories, happy songs and familiar bliss. No one can argue that the generation of the 40s and 50’s worked very hard to create as much perfection in society as they could. It was a halcyon time that, unfortunately, will never be repeated.

    Television and movies had their morality department and strived to show family life as a network of love, discipline and happy endings. Father always knew best and the Donna Reed show lauded the middle-class family life.

    What has happened to society that it has come from the pure entertainment of those shows to today’s reality television, moral corruption and disdain of most things that relate to God and religion?

    In 1965, a wonderful radio announcer named Paul Harvey made an amazing prophecy on his weekly show. The title was, If I was the devil. https://lamplighter.net/c/moments/if-i-were-the-devil/

    Anyone who hasn’t heard or read this far reaching piece, it has come to pass in ways that no one would have guessed. One of his lines quoted from the transcript is “If I were the devil, I would make the symbol of Easter an egg and the symbol of Christmas a bottle.”

    How close is that? He had it nailed and 54 years later, it is true.

    Christmas was still reverent in the 70s, and the 80s. People dressed up, had parties, visited with family and it was a happy time. God was still the Man in Charge in the White House (mostly) and it reflected on the nation.

    The 90s brought us the Clintons and their version of “morality” and the great decline began for America.

    Now in 2019, there are fewer parties, fewer gathering of family and friends than ever. Christmas cards are not a thing anymore, just send a generic online greeting.

    People are well engrossed in their electronic devices. Social life and the moral pressure of society is long gone. Stores decorate for Christmas in August and begin the big sale that lasts until well after the New Year.

    Retailers completely pass over Thanksgiving, a uniquely American holiday from the Pilgrim days when living through the winter to harvest was an occasion for thanking Almighty God.

    Even Charlie Brown and his gang in Peanuts, when it aired in 1965, complained of the commercialization of Christmas, lamenting the lack of meaning for monetary gain.

    When Christmas songs from the 70s and 80s are played, it is depressing almost to the point of tears when a comparison is made of the warm, loving, wonderful time of those decades to today’s commercial apathy.

    Maybe, this is an “old folks’ rant about the good old days, but what can be gleaned from today’s lukewarm electronic holiday?

    America has best go back to Ronald Reagan and remember his line:

    “If we ever forget we are One Nation Under God, then we will be a nation gone under.”

    If Christians don’t stand up and fight for our basic joys of the Lord, His sacrifice for us and the right to celebrate such, these rights will be taken away by the Liberal Left with their Atheistic and destructive ways. There are no more free countries to find with such liberties as we enjoy. They must not be lost, as they will never be found again.

    The views here are those of the author and not necessarily Daily Surge. 

    Image: Creative Commons; CC By-SA 2.o; Adapted from: https://www.flickr.com/photos/lmlienau/332546195

    Candace Hardin resides in Atlanta, Georgia. She is fluent in Spanish and a student of Latin and history. She is a columnist on PolitiChicks.tv. and has a blog, kandisays.blogspot.com. Originally from North Carolina, her writing and beliefs have been heavily influenced by the Appalachian culture and tradition.


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