That is the title of Palin's book "“Good Tidings and Great Joy: Protecting the Heart of Christmas," and it reminded me of how you protect Christmas. In explaining her book she noted: "What I’m saying is we need to protect the heart of Christmas and not let an angry atheist armed with an attorney, a Scrooge, tell us that we can’t celebrate traditional faith in America. We have a constitutionally protected right to celebrate faith and Christmas is a part of that. And today on Veterans Day of all days, we should be cognizant of the fact that sacrifices have been made for these freedoms. We are so appreciative, thankful for America’s freedoms and we want to protect them. Not just that spirit of Christmas but overall our– our constitutional right to exercise our faith."
And I wondered how one human being could get Christmas and families so wrong as to merit a description she feels the need to a build a case on. The reality is Christmas has nothing to do with others. Christmas is all about your family, your memories, and your traditions. Nothing impacts that and nothing comes near the importance of that. So at Christmas we see families doing what they have always done, even if it is choosing to not celebrate it or celebrate it and that my friend does not need approval, nor will it ever. Palin can't put God into my Christmas and I can't take God out of hers.
After my first husband's death years ago I sat and cried in my oversized and cold house listening to the rain and wind outside. A month had passed since his death and every house was decorated but my own for the first time in my life. I looked outside and saw that the small pine tree we planted in the spring had blown over and I cried harder and then I thought about the last time we went shopping and bought new Christmas decorations now sitting in the garage. I drug the pine tree into the house and retrieved the still packaged new bulbs and decorated as some warmth returned and a smile. That tree brought "us" back together for the last time - the time I needed to start healing. Christmas was and is a part of it all. It is our memories built over many years. In the end it was the one thing that could not be taken away but it was enough. Christmas can't be taken away and no one family can impose theirs on another family because Christmas happens in your home or environment - it is you. Palin's concept cuts both ways.