Political Correctness for the Holidays

Something that has really been bothering me lately is political correctness. Especially political correctness concerning this time of year.  ‘Tis the season for holiday trees, winter break, and, who could forget, the celebration of Ramachriswanzakuh. (Actual sign, I am not making this up.)

I’m sorry, but the last time I checked, the United States of America was a democracy. Democracy, be definition means “government by the people; especially : rule of the majority.” Well guess what–the majority of people here celebrate Christmas. I don’t see the need for “oh, we have to make sure that the minority holidays don’t feel left out. We have to celebrate them all.” No. We don’t.

**DISCLAIMER: I am not, by any means, saying that we should suppress minority groups or their cultures. I don’t feel that Christmas is a superior holiday to Kwanzaa or Yom Kippur. I’m just saying that I’m sick and tired of people and advertisers catering to this so-called political correctness which for some reason has become a dictator over our lives.**

You can celebrate whatever the hell you want–I don’t care. All I ask is that you let me celebrate what I want. That means my saying, “Merry Christmas!” That means decorating my Christmas tree and singing Christmas carols. It means going to and throwing my own Christmas parties.

Schools have taken what used to be referred to as “Christmas break” and made it “winter break” so that it will be all-holiday-encompassing to the students. Well, the name “winter break” implies that you are taking a break for winter, meaning the break should go from at least the beginning of December all the way until March or April, depending how far north you live. But no, it’s only for a couple week period, centering around Christmas. Explain that one to little Jimmy.

I also don’t understand why people are calling Christmas trees, “holiday trees.” There aren’t any other holidays in which a pine tree is decorated in such a fashion, other than Christmas. If you don’t celebrate Christmas, don’t buy one! You don’t see me purchasing menorahs and then telling everyone we should call them “holiday candle holders.”

You want to talk about a discriminating holiday, look no further than Hanukkuh. You can’t celebrate that unless you’re Jewish. That’s not very politically correct. Anyone can celebrate Christmas. We’ve secularized it so much that it no longer holds the spiritual significance that it once did.

When does it end? I predict that in the future, we will no longer be able to say “bless you” (already shortened from “God bless you”) when people sneeze, because it might offend the atheists who don’t believe in such blessings. “Bless you” will be changed to, “I am acknowledging your sneeze in a strictly non-religious way. Do you need a tissue?”

Merry Christmas, everyone!

6 thoughts on “Political Correctness for the Holidays

  1. Funny you should mention this — my mom and I were just dicussing this with some of our Jewish friends. Know what? They want it called Christmas break and trees too. And there was an article in the paper the other day that said Muslims were really upset that we weren't calling it that, because they could explain to their kids why they didn't have a Christmas tree, but not why they didn't have a "holiday tree".
    And, just FYI — there's a version of the Christmas tree for Jews who want to celebrate a secular version of Christmas — they call it a Hanukkuh Bush, and other Jews make fun of it. 🙂 And technically, anyone *can* celebrate Hanukkah…but why? Even for Jewish people it's not a big holiday. The only reason it's a big deal here is because it's around Christmas time, so people can pretend to be PC. Most big holidays end up in October. Do we get a break *then*??
    So yeah, in short, I agree totally. 🙂

    • Yeah, I really hate this "melting pot" business being incorporated into American mentality. Because all that means is everyone gets angry at expecting to conform to this standard "society" (whoever the hell they are) has set.
      We don't melt, just end up getting scalded.

    • I've read that some Jewish groups started making a big deal about Hanakkuh because they felt their children were becoming too secularized and interested in Christmas.

  2. It just bothers me because I don't see Christmas as really a religious holiday. It's a national, cultural holiday. It no doubt has Christian undertones, but plenty of non-religious people enjoy Christmas and see it as a time to treasure family and friends and do nice things for each other. And it's been declared a national holiday by our government.
    If you were to travel to Japan or Thailand, you would experience holidays and festivals with heavy Buddhist influence. Should a Christian or non-religious person in Thailand be offended because he isn't Buddhist? It's just silly. It's a cultural expression. Christians adopted Christmas from pagan traditions and other people are adopting Christmas from Christian traditions. Who cares? As long as people are free to do what they want, there's nothing wrong with acknowledging what the majority of people do.
    That said, I really don't care too much about it either way. I think there are more important things to fret about.

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