Though it's good that they're still able to show it at all, since instead of Santa and Rudolph and the gang they specifically mention mangers and shepherds and wise men. Not only that, but they quote a significant portion of the Christmas story directly from the Bible itself. Kind of rare in this day and age to see anything that publicly acknowledges the true reason for the season. But that's another rant entirely...I don't see why people get so offended about this time of year, when CHRISTmas is so obviously a CHRISTian holiday. Non-Christians are welcome to celebrate it if they choose to, of course, but in doing so they shouldn't demand that no one speak at all of anything pertaining to the Lord. And last I heard, there was no mention of a Christmas tree anywhere in the story of Christ's birth. A manger scene is obviously celebrating the religious aspect of the holiday. A decorated evergreen tree? Not so much.
I just find it ironic. It's not like anyone's raising hell about Chaunukkah or Ramadan festivals, since those also are religious holidays. It's expected that they will be somewhat exclusive to the members of that specific faith, and rightfully so. It would be quite amusing, however, to see someone demand Christmas trees and manger scenes put up during Jewish Haunukkah celebrations or crosses raised alongside the star and crescent at Muslim ones. The idea that someone would be sued if they lit a menorah during a Haunukkah festival is absurd; the idea of a Christmas without Christmas trees equally so.
And I could care less if non-Christians celebrate Christmas. Don't misunderstand me when I comment on the irony of it all. I think it's amazing to have a selfless season of giving and caring, and admirable no matter who you are. That's something that more people should do, and preferably more often than just once a year. But if you make the argument that Christmas is a secular holiday in addition to or rather than a Christian, religious one...then logic dictates that you therefore cannot agree with the fights over people being forced into saying "Happy Holidays" instead of "Merry Christmas", taking down Christmas trees, or anything else due to it supposedly being offensive to members of other religions. If people acknowledge a secular side of Christmas and celebrate it as a non-religious holiday, then they should have no issue with the name of the holiday or the popular symbols that pertain to it. Excluding the manger scene itself, for obvious reasons.
But I digress. Just a pet peeve of mine when I hear about some wacky activist threatening to sue a place if they dare to utter the word "Christmas" or do not immediately take down non-offensive decorations like lights and tinsel and trees. I think they're kind of missing the entire point. I just want to ask them what's the part they find so damn offensive, the "Peace on Earth" or the "Good will towards men"... *headdesk*
But back to the holiday special in question, I've recently discovered a new gripe. One that I'm almost ashamed to say that I've never really thought about until right now...just where the hell was Peppermint Patty? She's arguably one of the most prominent main characters, after the Browns and the Van Pelts. More so than Pigpen, Rerun, Schroeder, and the others who were included. Chuck's supposed to be the huge loser, but Patty never even got a fucking invite. That's pretty cold, I think. =P