The Great Christmas Debate

Caption: The spirit of Christmas is so infectious this year that Manischewitz now has its own Hanukkah gingerbread houses.

The spirit of Christmas is so infectious this year that Manischewitz now has its own Hanukkah gingerbread houses.

Although Christmas is one of the most celebrated holidays in the US, it’s also one of the most controversial and debated. At such a diverse school like Payton, it’s no surprise that many of its students hold many different opinions on the subject. In the spirit of the holidays, let’s look at some of the pros and cons of America’s favorite holiday.



Many people say that Christmas is a time for peace on Earth and goodwill toward men. It brings warmth to our bitter Chicago winters and it’s the most wonderful time of the year. Also, it’s the only time of year when we can hear our favorite classic Christmas tunes on the radio like Jingle Bell Rock and Santa Claus is Coming to Town. Lenny Brahin ‘16 says that nothing is better than Christmas music because “it’s so bad, it’s good”. While these songs might be cheesy, they’re a staple of the season and there’s almost nothing better for spreading holiday cheer.



While many Payton students say that Christmas is the best holiday of the year, there are others who disagree because it’s so commercial that it’s become a hallmark holiday and lost its religious significance. Some argue that Christmas has become a more important holiday for big businesses than those who actually celebrate it. As Jac Spertus-Melhus ‘16 said that during the holiday season, a lot of big businesses encourage “the idea that we have to buy things from their stores to be happy.” Payton has many students of different religions that don’t celebrate Christmas, so they may not enjoy the holiday because they don’t necessarily feel acknowledged by these big businesses and the media.


Regardless of your views on Christmas, have a happy holiday season Grizzlies!

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