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The Christmas Controversy as Your Blogging Platform

Posted by on 16th Dec 2009 | 6 comments

Thinking of blogging about the Christmas season? With the big day just over a week away, it’s an extremely prominent topic in more ways than one. From religion to retail (in some cases these are one and the same), Christmas takes over a good month of our year, dominating every corner of our culture.

But we’re America. A melting pot of races and rituals, right? As such, the debate over Christmas’ ability to take over the decorating, the songs and the holiday greeting cards seems a little unfair to those that celebrate the season in different ways. Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and several other traditions are hailed during the month of December. And every December, we see a new wave of controversy over who can use Christmas paraphernalia and whether or not it’s appropriate in given situations.
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And for all these reasons, Christmas makes a great topic for you to blog about. Being in the midst of the holiday makes it a relevant topic to discuss, as the holiday takes center stage in our personal lives as well as our media coverage. If you tend to blog about current events, there’s no avoiding the Christmas topic.

If you’re one to remain politically correct in the bulk of your blogging, then you may want to avoid blogging about Christmas all together. If anything, blog about the holiday season. But as a true blogger I encourage you to tackle topics that may seem as though they need to be handled with kiddie gloves. A little good-hearted debate can really get some discussions going around an article that stirs up the pot.

We’ve spent the past two decades seeking out every subjective aspect of our culture and reinstituting it as a politically correct maneuver. That’s all fine and well–as a nation the mere ability to be self-introspective enough to allot change on that level is a major undertaking, despite its tactics towards various methods of control. With Christmas carrying such sentiment, however, it remains a hot button every holiday season.

This year’s controversy over the use of Christmas-specific paraphernalia has reached new heights, with some groups requesting that all holiday-related decorations be removed from public arenas, such as schools. A little harsh–Christmas is still a huge tradition and is widely celebrated in America. But the topic boils down to the separation of church and state nonetheless. Remember the root cause of our current and livid debate should you feel bold enough to tackle this topic in a blog article.

Be sure to also keep your audience in mind. There is the audience you currently have, and the audience you’re going after. Try not to completely abandon your existing audience with any controversy you’re looking to stir up, and recognize that deliberately using a controversial topic in order to gain attention can bring a mixture of readers that may or may not be ideal moving forward.

No matter the reasons you decide to blog about the Christmas controversy, it’s still important to remain true to yourself. Recognize that you share your thoughts as a blogger, relaying a certain energy onto the blogosphere that can be accessed by nearly anyone at any time (as long as your content is published). Using this as an opportunity to establish yourself as a trusted pundit should be your primary goal, regardless of the topic you’ve chosen.


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  • Posted by techandlife on 16th Dec 2009

    You also need to bear in mind that your blog readership isn't just in America. I'm a UK subscriber and I'm sure you have readers all round the globe of all nationalities, creeds, and religions. So please don't write 'But we're America'. Not everyone reading this is American. Remember that now more that ever communication is global – your blog has the potential to hit all corners of the world and isn't confined to your national borders.

  • Posted by Maurice (CashBlogGur on 16th Dec 2009

    @techandlife makes a good point about Blogs having a global reach and being PC in that arena is nearly impossible without being either bland or disconnected from the universe. In the UK we generally avoid conversation about politics, religion or sex (though less so the latter these days) unless we've had too much alcohol or want to be deliberately provocative.

    When it comes to blogging I'd say it is vital to maintain your connection with your audience and so the essential element is to remain true to your blog focus defined by your niche or brand – controversy works if it is part of your regular blogging persona otherwise it only comes across as a shot in the dark and will be ignored at best. After all there are plenty of religious/political forums to take your marginalising subjects!

  • Posted by Rebecca Rizzuti on 16th Dec 2009

    This was a very timely post for me. I was considering, earlier, addressing the use of "Jesus is the Reason for the Season" in my Christian blog. I've only just started (back) up, and my current audience consists mostly of atheist, agnostic, and pagan friends of mine (interesting, isn't it?).

    I am trying, currently, to write every day, and am finding a rhythm. Some of my posts are very long, some are relatively short (300 words or so). Most are relatively personal, about me, my life with my family, and the lessons I've learned. This blog serves the purpose of getting me back into the habit of blogging, more than I have a goal of it becoming a professional blog.

    This entry that I started, and am planning to complete at some point, reflects my personal viewpoints regarding an issue related to Christmas, but it will be more of an educational post than I would ordinarily put into this blog.

    I try not to get too political in my entries, when I can. My husband has a political blog/news site that I can write for if the urge strikes me. The recent controversy regarding FFR is interesting, and it gets a lot of people emotional, but I don't think that it belongs sprinkled throughout every blog on the planet, either.

  • Posted by Patti Stafford on 16th Dec 2009

    Techandlife makes a very good point, not everyone is in America. I always try to address that situation by using phrases such as; here in America.

    The Internet IS global. I have friends from all over the world and I'm so thankful that they aren't afraid to say Merry Christmas because it might offend someone. Not all countries are offended by the word Christmas and many still leave Christ in Christmas as per their traditions.

    I believe if you want to address Christmas in your blog, feel free to do so. Americans seem to be the only people offended by it, but they aren't the only people reading your blog.

    @Rebecca: In many countries, Jesus is still the Reason for the Season. :)

    Merry Christmas Everyone!

  • Posted by Rebecca Rizzuti on 16th Dec 2009

    @Patti: My angle is actually quite different than that. I'm still going to do it, at some point, but it's going to be a high-research post and I didn't have the energy today. We'll see how it winds up turning out!

    Thanks!

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