Putting “Christ back in Christmas” is like the old Burger King jingle: “Have it your way!”


School says, “Christmas Tree yes, Menorah, no.” And judge agrees!

The San Francisco Chronicle reported today, “When a woman in Carmel sought to add an inflatable balloon decorated like a menorah to the tree-lighting ceremony at the school her third-grader attended, the school turned her down — and had a basis for its refusal, a federal judge says.”

The Chronicle went on, “’Although Christmas trees once carried religious connotations, today they typify the secular celebration of Christmas,’ U.S. District Court Judge Beth Labson Freeman said, quoting the [Supreme] Court’s 1989 ruling in a Pennsylvania case.”

Although Freeman said aspects of the case were “troubling” she did suggest that the student’s mother, Michele Lyons, could still try to prove the school violated her rights.

In her lawsuit, Lyon’s said that teachers at the school schedule parties around Christian holidays like Christmas and Easter and describe Christmas as an “American holiday” and Hanukkah as an “Israeli holiday.”

Okay, just to be clear, this school is in Carmel CALIFORNIA, not Carmel Texas.

The irony, of course, is that Hanukkah is a holiday with virtually no religious significance but important historical interest. I’ll leave for another time the question of whether the heroes of the story, the Maccabees, were heroic liberators and defenders of religious freedom or intolerant religious zealots, intent on stamping out any attempt to “modernize” Jewish tradition.

But I digress.

So which is it, do we put Christ back in Christmas when it suits us and exclude him when it doesn’t?

I thought I’d turn to Tammy Wynette for the answer.

One last thing. Do you think you can get a good hot pastrami on rye in this Carmel neighborhood? Do you think you can get them to hold the mayo?

Happy Holidays to all…and to all a Good Night.

Published by Ted Block

Ted Block is a veteran “Mad Man,” having spent 45+ years in the advertising industry. During his career, he was media director of several advertising agencies, including Benton & Bowles in New York and Foote, Cone and Belding in San Francisco; account management director on clients as varied as Clorox, Levi’s and the California Raisin Advisory Board (yes, Ted was responsible for the California Dancing Raisins campaign); and regional director for Asia based in Tokyo for Foote, Cone where he was also the founding president of FCB’s Japanese operations. Ted holds a Bachelor’s degree in communications from Queens College and, before starting in advertising, served on active duty as an officer on USS McCloy (DE-1038) in the U.S. Navy. Besides writing Around the Block, Ted is also a guest columnist for the Palm Beach Post.

3 thoughts on “Putting “Christ back in Christmas” is like the old Burger King jingle: “Have it your way!”

  1. I missed it Ted! Thank goodness you read so many papers. It boggles the mind. I think it’s time for another zoom get together. I miss your sardonic humor. I could not listen to Tammy. I tried. I love country music but I couldn’t get past the first line of lyrics. Our world is upside down.

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  2. I am so glad that someone else had the same reaction that I did to Tammy Wynette’s song. In this day and time, hearing how “Christians” praise the teachings of Christ in the same breath as they idolize Trump, turns my stomach. Where have these people been going to Church?


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