My darling Sir – my husband, light of my life, friend forever and all that loves smooth jazz almost as much as he loves tinned spaghetti.

Personally I could live a long time without really ever hearing a lot of the smooth jazz which is played, it being to me a cross between a sedative and an elevator. I can most assuredly live without tinned spaghetti. It could be the last can of food on the earth and I would gladly give it up for a quiet, peaceful death.

However, back to the Smooth Jazz department – there is a song he quite likes, and I must admit I’m quite fond of it too, despite the fact that it is basically about the disintegration of a previously pretty fabulous relationship.

The songstress’s sweet voice sings out “and we stand here in the shade, of the elephant we made – how’d it go unnoticed.”

Well, I am here today, brave in the face of possible censure, to introduce you all to the elephant standing in America’s living room.

Thanksgiving is over. Houses around the neighborhood are being bedecked with Christmas lights, Christmas wreaths, Christmas trees and Christmas decorations.

The President’s Christmas tree has been officially lit, as has the Mayor of Kansas City’s Christmas tree burst into illumination.

So I ask you – why are we, and the general American media, forced by fear of upsetting non-Christians, to say “Happy Holidays” and not “Merry Christmas?” It is a total farce.

Coming up is Dec. 25, a day which to 35.9 percent of the global population means it is the celebration of Jesus’ birthday.

Now I fully understand that 23 percent of the world’s population worshipping the Muslim faith, the 0.2 percent of the Jewish faith, the 15 percent Hindu, the 7.1 percent Buddhist, the 0.35 percent Baha’i and the 11.77 percent non-religious folks will not fling themselves into celebration on the day. That’s absolutely fine and I have no problem at all with it.

But are you really trying to tell me that the non-Christians of the world would begrudge a holiday to celebrate the faith? Are we so offending the rest of the world by voicing the name Christ in any given word that we threaten world peace?

I do not remotely deny anyone’s right to celebrate Kwanza, Passover, Ramadan, Nirvana Day, or those days observed by Wicca/Pagan. If it is a major holiday in your religion, have at it, I say. Decorate, or fast, or feast or do whatever it is for you to rejoice in your faith.

But please don’t make us deny ours.

Annie Dear lives in Lee’s Summit. Email her at