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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!"


Jimko said...

Merry Christmas back!!

jean said...

have a fantastic chrismas

from NY to you

Susie said...

MERRY CHRISTMAS fellow blogger! I saw this turn several years ago as my son went through grade school and it's truly an atrocity. If you don't like it, remove your self from the premise! If you don't want to read about it, turn the page.. (think there was a song about that)

Freedom to turn away.. if you don't like our celebrations, O'Hare is not that far away! Get on the next plane!

Mariah said...

Merry Christmas! As a teacher in the U.S., I face the same frustrations. Except I say Christmas anyway because I'm stubborn like that. :)

cristina said...

well i can see ur point of u but really science already proved that Christ wasn't born in Christmas day. i'm Christian and i think we should find out the day it really was and change it to that day. we are a new generation and that means change. learn from our mistakes and correct them. u can still have christmas but in another day. im just say plz dnt hate me :[

Ellen said...

Merry Christmas!

I'm Jewish, but celebrate both Hanukkah and Christmas since my husband was raised Catholic. And today, at a Toastmasters meeting one of the questions we had to answer was what's our favorite winter holiday. I was rather embarrassed to admit that it's Christmas. But I really enjoy celebrating the holiday with my husband and his family which has always been quite welcoming to me. I thought you might be amused by this twist on being politically incorrect.


Teresa said...

I hear you....if anyone says happy holidays, I always respond with Merry Christmas!!!!