Saturday, November 27, 2010
DON'T MESS WITH MY CHRISTMAS!
It's almost December and already the Christmas music is playing in stores and the decorations are decking the halls. A lot of the usual commercial hype. But aside from that, it is a time to be jolly and think of what we'll do for the holidays. I haven't started Christmas shopping yet but I'm thinking about it. Probably this Christmas I'll do my traditional Christmas Eve Cornish hen dinner. Christmas has always been a special time for me and my family. It's my most favorite times of year. I love the Christmas traditions: the carols, the Christmas trees and decorations, the pagents and pantomimes, and I love Santa Claus too. Today, when I visited the mall, I stopped to watch Santa for awhile. There was a long line of children waiting to get their photos taken with him but at that moment he was sitting alone on his throne, a big jolly old elf just like Santa should be. And he even waved at me! (He must know I haven't been too naughty this year!)
Last week I saw on TV that one of our nearby towns has banned "Christmas holidays" from their school program. It now has to be called "Winter holidays". This isn't the first time that Christmas has been hijacked and erased from the week we know as Christmas Holidays, (from December 24 thru to New Years Day). In fact, in the last few years I've noticed more and more often the use of "Happy Holidays" replacing "Merry Christmas". Why? Because a certain group of our society feels that it is 'offensive' to other religious groups to refer to December 25 as "Christmas".
This political correctness crap has gone way too far. Sure, when 'political correctness' first came into being, it was meant to protect genders, cultures, religious rights, sexual preferences etc etc. But this is going too far. DON'T MESS WITH MY CHRISTMAS!
What would happen if we told the Jewish community they were no longer allowed to call their special holiday "Hanukkah"? or if we said the Muslims couldn't refer to "Ramadan" or the Hindus were not allowed to celebrate Diwali? Even the Wikken people celebrate Winter Solstice. Is it right then, that the Christian community (Protestants and Catholics among others) should have to drop "Christmas" from our holiday? I don't think so.
December 25 is Christmas. It's been called that for centuries. Should we obliterate it all and go back to the pagan Saturnalia of the Romans? Would that make all these 'politically correct' people happy?
In that case though, I suppose we'd have to abolish Santa Claus too. And I, for one, would be very unhappy about that!