Politically Correct Christmas
I enjoy Christmas very much.
I have, through the years, maintained my child-like enthusiasm for the holiday.
Even as an adult when old Saint Nick put a hole in my pocketbook.
I still enjoy Christmas.
However the last few years of political correctness have hindered thoughts of peace on earth and goodwill towards men.
I suppose the pc way of saying that should be goodwill to all.
See my point?
I don’t want to have to watch my every word when talking about my beloved Christmas holiday.
We try so hard not to offend that we wind up doing away with traditional beliefs, which ultimately offends many.
According to a recent USA Today report, many workplaces are doing away with “Secret Santa” gift exchanges in favor of “secret snowman” ones, because Santa Claus is too closely associated with Christianity.
What about those who are offended by the word snowman because it promotes the male gender?
A friend of mine who works for the street department in a major metropolitan city recently told me he and his crew are no longer able to use the word manhole, but replace it with maintenance hole.
Oops. Another non-pc word.
Christmas breaks are now referred to as winter breaks in many of our nation’s schools.
It has become more difficult every year to find a nativity scene display.
A Pew study asked what Americans think about putting up Christian displays on government property during Christmas.
Twenty-eight percent said Christian symbols should only be on display when accompanied by symbols of other faiths. Twenty percent said government property is not the place for religious displays, while 44 percent said the displays are fine.
It seems even Christmas has caused division in our country.
Recently advocates of political correctness targeted classic holiday cartoons.
They accused “A Charlie Brown Christmas “ of having racist overtones while “Rudolph, the Red Nose Reindeer” advocated bullying.
It seems a bit of a stretch to me.
What’s next? Will we ban Goldilocks because she disturbed the ecosystem of the Three Bears?
And what of the greeting, Merry Christmas?
It has been encouraged in recent times to instead say Happy Holidays so as not to offend.
I have said before that I am not politically correct, however I am tolerant.
The older I get though it seems harder and harder to just go along.
Perhaps others should be as tolerant of those of us who treasure holiday traditions.
See you out there.