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Politically Correct Christmas

Politically Correct Christmas - Reviewed by Kidzworld on Dec 27, 2006
( Rating: 1 Star Rating)

Be careful how you decorate your place this Christmas. You wouldn't want to offend anyone. You better take down that Santa. Oh, and don't put up a nativity scene. And those tunes have to go.

In the Christmas spirit, a mother went to her child's second grade class and wanted to surprise everyone by decorating the room. With the help of the principal, she spent hours setting up a tree, decorating it (with snowflakes, reindeer and Santa Claus) and putting up a Star of David on the wall. On Monday morning, the teacher and principal took it all down. Even Scrooge wouldn't be that mean.

It seems that no matter what someone does to celebrate Christmas, they can't do it right. Santa was banned from a Christmas tree lighting in Kensington, Maryland because some locals think he doesn't belong. It's not just Santa who's been given the boot. A judge in New Jersey has told Jersey City they can't put up a nativity scene or a Hanukkah Menorah unless they put up enough non-religious symbols to mask the religious ones. A plastic snowman, Santa and sleigh all went on display. This seems fair but the city must have back up in case anything's stolen.

Even if you display a bunch of different symbols, chances are someone is going to be left out. Or someone is going to complain about the size of the symbol, the decorations, the music and so forth. If one symbol isn't part of everyone's culture or beliefs, why do we have to pretend it's part of nobody's culture or beliefs?

So what would we have to do to have a politically correct season? We would have to either represent everyone equally - Christians, Jews, Muslims, Atheists, Buddhists, Hindus, Retailers, etc. (there are simply too many to name,) or we'd have to not represent everyone equally. We're really talking about an all-or-nothing proposition. So, to have a PC Christmas we'd have to get rid of the name Christmas (it has Christ in it) and Santa would be gone (cuz we all know the Atheists, Agnostics and Retailers are all over him, haha!) The tree would stay in the forest (it's become a Christian symbol), same with the angel and I'm sure the snowman can't make an appearance either. No school plays with Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus. All that would be left is a tune about chestnuts roasting on the fire and a holiday called the Non-Denominational Winter Festivities Day. Ooops, my bad, actually that song would have to go too! How festive is that?

What do you think? Should we drop the name Christmas and go with something that makes everyone happy? Or should everyone stop complaining and get over it? Leave your comment below and let us know!

1I think the holiday festivities being banned are RIDICULOUS! You put up any decorations that symbolize YOU! I think since America is a free country we should be able to put up our Holiday decorations freely too. After reading this article it sort of reminds me of slavery or when Russia was killing you if you had anything to do with being Jewish. Thanx.
Kidz Submit by:
Age: 11

1Everyone should shut up and stop complaining cause it's one of America's holidays. If we take Christmas away then people might start saying that they are offened about hunting easter eggs on Easter or trick or treating on Halloween, or having fireworks on Fourth of July. So peeps who are complaining... QUIT!!!
Kidz Submit by:
Nickname: beachhorse10
Age: 10

1I think people should just hush up about that. We have great Christmas decorations (trees, stockings, ect.), great songs and an awesome name. If they have a problem they can get over it. But we must remember what the true meaning of Christmas is. It is not Christmas carols, it is the fact of Jesus Christ's birth. Don't hate congratulate!
Kidz Submit by:
Nickname: koolbal77
Age: 11

1 I think it's ridiculous. I mean, we do so much to make everyone feel comfortable that we forget our own comfort. What if Christmas and all other holidays were canceled, just to make everyone feel O.K.? Do you think that our places of worship, religions, holidays, beleifs should all be destroyed? Then the whole world would become the same - boring and dull. I say that instead of getting rid of everything, we should just accept other people's beliefs and religions. I heard a story about how a school couldn't go to see A Christmas Carol because it had to do with the Christian holiday. This is a classic story with almost no religious relations. It just seems strange to me. What would God say if you said all religions are gone and all beliefs are destroyed? Well he's certainly not going to smile.
Kidz Submit by:
Nickname: dahman27
Age: 13

1 This seems nice trying to incorporate everybody but let's remember Jehova Witnesses - they don't believe in holidays. They are not permitted to celebrate holidays. Therefore the real politically correct name for Christ-mass (how it is suppose to be spelt before people started to get lazy), would be "Non-specific-gift-giving-season." And also, about a recent holiday episode using the term "Chrismukkah" - that is impossible. You cannot combine what Jews believe and what Christians believe. Most of all what really upset me is that the T is taken out. The world taking Christ out of Christ-mass. He is the reason for the season.
Kidz Submit by:
Nickname: Wuzzle
Age: 16

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