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Political correctness disguises true meaning of holidays

February 16, 2017

December is a busy month. A random Internet search enlightened us of the various celebrations this month holds: International Ninja Day (Dec. 5), Cotton Candy Day (Dec. 7), Human Rights Day (Dec. 10), Gingerbread House Day (Dec. 12), Eggnog Day (Dec. 24), Chocolate Covered Anything Day (Dec. 16) and Bacon Day (Dec. 30)

Immediately after Halloween, most other winter holidays are unleashed, and their spirits spread to every store window across the nation. After all the turkey has been devoured and the remnants of Thanksgiving lies packed in Tupperware, a few hours later crowds flock to claim a spot in the lines that twist and turn for blocks.

People begin to spurt ‘tis the season every other word.

‘Tis what season, exactly?

The holidays should not be about pushing or supporting a certain religion, or receiving the newest technology and clothing as gifts. They are truly about understanding the value of family and friendship and taking time to surround yourself with those who love you while in the holiday spirit.
Merry Christmas! I mean, Happy Holidays! But holiday means “holy day” so we can’t say that either, if we want to be politically correct. Would it be safe to simply say “Winter Greetings!” or would that leave summer-lovers distressed?

The debate on equally representing holidays isn’t a new one, but only recently, has it led to action. Some schools may opt out of any activity relating to Christmas and call their vacation “winter break” instead of “Christmas break.” Towns may decide to call their yearly parades during this season “Holiday” or “Winter” celebrations instead of “Christmas” festivals.

“Twas the night before Christmas and Santa’s a wreck… How to live in a world that’s politically correct?” We found this jingle on a random website.

Over the years many brands have alienated a huge part of the population.

You don’t see a Menorah on every ugly Christmas sweater.

Liberals are not the only ones who contribute to the debate on political correctness during the holidays. Last year, Starbucks received heat from some consumers who accused them of waging war on Christianity after they removed images of snowflakes, trees, and ornaments that covered the cups in years prior.

It doesn’t matter what’s on your coffee cup or if you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa. When the giving, receiving, and eating is stripped away, we believe December is a season of acceptance, love and joy.

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