Monday, December 15, 2008
Chrsitmas Christmas Christmas Christmas Christmas x infinite times!
Christmas, the holiday that dare not speak its name. Ah, jeez. What a terrible problem! Our little boy came home from school the other day and he showed us a "Christmas Card" that his teacher had given him. The front cover is a nice class picture of cute innocent little kids with apple cheek smiles. They were all dress to fit the holiday season red and some even had adorable little spunky rudolph's nose. Inside the card, it reads Happy Holiday love teacher.
As my boss puts it: “It’s beginning to look a lot like that holiday that we can no longer mention due to it being politically incorrect.” And, it is. At my work, there are Christmas holiday trees all over, and cute Christmas winter baubles. They have a new line of super cute dishware, with a snowflake pattern, perfect for your Christmas end-of-December feast. As you may have caught on by now, the idea of not being “allowed,” to say Christmas irks me a LOT. There’s something that doesn’t sit well with me, when I am always so accepting of other religions, and yet my own religion is being told to hush up about our main holiday.
Here’s the thing. I don’t mind if someone comes up to me and says “Happy Hanukkah!” In fact, I welcome it. I want to know about all the different religions and customs in this country. Canada is meant to be a mosaic. We’re meant to be steeped in multicultralism. We have laws protecting culture. And yet, “Merry Christmas,” is offensive to some? WHY is that?? I simply don't understand. Land of the free???
I understand why the event formally known as the “Christmas Concert,” is now the “Winter Celebration.” I am not asking everyone to participate in Christmas. I am asking that when I say “Merry Christmas,” I get a reply a la “And Happy Holidays to you!” Regardless of anything, this country was founded on Christian beliefs, and it is always going to be part of us. Read the history about our founding fathers. I accept all cultures, and I would like mine to be accepted too. That’s all, no more, no less.
I welcome your opinion on the matter. Honestly, I’m going to say Merry Christmas whether I’m allowed to or not- that’s what I’m used to. How do we expect children in elementary school to know anything about other peoples’ cultures if they’re being forced to assimilate? Is this a violation of Free speech? for limiting teachers to not even say Merry Christmas?
Oh, if only we had been able to say "Merry Christmas"! Here are some interesting facts:
According to Rasmussen Reports, you're right! 84% of Republicans prefer to be hear "Merry Christmas" rather than "Happy Holidays" while only 51% of Democrats like "Christmas" wishes over "holiday" wishes.
Don't be afraid to wish me "Merry Christmas!"