Wednesday, November 23, 2005

The "Holidays"

The political correctness police are starting early this year. I have complained for six years now
that Christmas is Christmas, not "the holidays". Just because others have special occassions at this same time, its not a reason to rebrand Christmas. Canada, US and the UK celebrated Christmas for several hundred years and all of sudden around a decade ago some political correctness police who are addicted to strange notions of "fairness" and "equity" (both odd concepts when used by this lot) stopped calling it Christmas and started calling Christmas "the holidays".

The consequences have been stark. Oxfam, that well known bastion of common sense, instructed all of its stores in the UK not to display Christmas trees in case they offended muslims, jews and others. Well I dont think so.

A woman, representing the Catholic league, challenged Walmart on this "holidays" versus "Christmas". She got a reply from a customer service high priest:

"Walmart is a world wide organization and must remain conscious of this. The majority of the world still has different practices other than `christmas' which is an ancient tradition that has its roots in Siberian shamanism. The colors associated with `christmas' red and white are actually a representation of of the aminita mascera mushroom. Santa is also borrowed from the Caucuses, mistletoe from the Celts, yule log from the Goths, the time from the Visigoth and the tree from the worship of Baal. It is a wide wide world."

First of all, who cares what the rest of the world thinks or does. Second, it is interesting that this obviously politicall correctly infected person misses the fundamental point: the birth of Christ. Christmas isn't about Santa, red or yule logs - thats marketing and Victorian - its a celebration of the birth of Christ. Sure, smart Christians hijacked a key holiday (Roman, in fact - Saturnalia. This festival started as a celebration of the winter solstice and then expanded to the latter part of December. Romans would give good-luck gifts and place trees with candles in their halls - so even the high and mighty Walmart missed this).

I dont mind us celebrating other holidays at the same time - as we always have done. ...

Guess, its a sign of me getting old...

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