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“Tis the season”
but what season is it exactly? My mailbox is full of letters with
questions and complaints about December holidays. Here are some
“I hate when people
try to take the Christ out of Christmas. Isn’t it disrespectful? One
of the worse things I’ve heard is a Christmas tree being referred to
as a holiday tree.”
“Every year I receive
invitations to ‘holiday’ parties. These are decorated with pictures
of holly and berries, Santas and candy canes. Why can’t people just
admit it’s really all about their
“Why are people such
grouches? I love wearing my Christmas sweater, earrings and Santa hat as
soon Thanksgiving is over. I work with the public and have been asked to
tone things down.”
“I was so offended
when I went to the DMV today and workers were dressed in a way more
appropriate for Santa’s helpers at a mall. What happened to the
separation of church and state?”
“Christmas is such a
magical time for children, I love talking to them about it. A few
parents have almost yanked their kids away from me. Are people so
worried about kidnappers that I shouldn’t do this anymore?”
“If one more person
asks my child ‘And what did Santa bring you?’ or worse yet, ‘Have
you been good this year so Santa will come?’ I might totally lose
control. How can a stranger assume that we celebrate Christian
“Isn’t Kwanzaa just
a pretend holiday?
“When they refer to
Kwanzaa as ‘made up’ I wonder if they think other holidays have
always been around.”
“Winter solstice, do
people dance around naked in snow? If so, how can I find out about local
Clever dreams of the day when Christmas is recognized as a religious
holiday and the White House tree is a thing of history. Our economy will
thrive without people going into debt in a holiday shopping frenzy.
Families and friends will gather for whatever traditions they honor and
enjoy each other’s company.
Here are some websites if you'd like to learn more about various winter observances.
Winter Solstice: http://www.echoedvoices.org/Dec2001/DecSolstice.html
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