For Christianity's redeeming influence upon culture. Interesting that most academics are so married to their ideology that they are unable or unwilling to recognize such an obvious truth, or, in the words of Apostle Paul:
"Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth." ~ 2 Timothy 3:7
The decorations and gifts of Christmas are one of our connections to a Christian culture that has held Western civilization together for 2,000 years. In our culture the individual counts. This permits an individual person to put his or her foot down, to take a stand on principle, to become a reformer and to take on injustice. This empowerment of the individual is unique to Western civilization. It has made the individual a citizen equal in rights to all other citizens, protected from tyrannical government by the rule of law and free speech. These achievements are the products of centuries of struggle, but they all flow from the teaching that God so values the individual’s soul that he sent his son to die so we might live. By so elevating the individual, Christianity gave him a voice.