Christmas is gone!
All around the world Christmas is disappearing! I read on Tonguetied.com today that it’s not only happening in the U.S., but all around the world!
We have the parade in Denver, the Christmas tree in Jacksonville and now this! Reuters
Even in Italy, home to the Vatican, it’s apparently not politically correct to show reverence for what this holiday season really is all about. In Rome, which is where Vatican City is located, several Italian schools have replaced a play about the nativity with Little Red Riding Hood! They were even banning bus drivers in Chicago from playing radio stations that play the occasional Christmas tune. I bet it’s OK to play Adam Sandlers’ Hanukkah song though!
The thing that really irks me is how I keep reading that Christmas is being banned but holidays like Kwanzaa and Hanukkah are not! What makes that fair? In a discussion about the Denver parade someone told me it’s not supposed to be all about them, them being people who celebrate Christmas. I said I agreed, it was supposed to be all about EVERYBODY! What’s next? I guess I better get my personal copies of “A Christmas Story” and “It’s a Wonderful Life” before they get banned! I actually already own a copy of “It’s a Wonderful Life”. I think I’m allergic to it. My eyes always seem to get really watery towards the end!
OK look, I understand this cultural diversity thing, but let’s get real here! How many of you are NOT going to take December 24th off this year? That’s what I thought. How many of you have a Christmas tree, or as a good friend of mine used to call it, a Hanukkah bush in your house? Yeah, I figured that one out on my own also. Done any CHRISTMAS shopping yet? Me either, I always wait until the last minute too! How about the front of your house? I’ll even agree and call those “holiday” lights.
I’m one of those so called, self-hating Catholics. I don’t go to church anymore for anything other than weddings, baptisms and funerals but I still celebrate Christmas. My kids know what Christmas is really all about and no matter how hard “they” try all kids should be allowed to know what Christmas is really all about. We as a people are told that we need to understand other religions and cultures and I say that’s fine. I just don’t expect it to happen at the expense of my own culture!
It is THE holiday season and ONE of those holidays is Christmas!