Its allergy season again. Yes, some people are allergic to Christmas. This religious celebration that has become ingrained over the years into the cultural matrix of Christians has become controversial as certain people who believe that they are more enlightened than the rest of us are sniping at this holiday.
Here are snippets of cultural rebellion in university campuses, the breeding ground for political correctness…
At the University of Tennessee in December 2015, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion posted in its website guidelines for avoiding references to Christmas “to ensure that holiday party is not Christmas Party.”
Christmas cards to campus staff should be “non-denominational.”
Food and drinks should not be traditional fare, but “items that reflect the guests’ religions, cultures, and celebrations.
Games such as “Secret Santa” should not be played. Exchange gifts should be referred to in a general way such as a practical joke exchange or secret gift exchange.
In December 2016, Texas Womans University warned students that renaming Christmas parties as Holiday parties may not be politically correct enough and may offend Muslims and suggested that they be called “end of semester party” instead.
The University of California in Irvine issued a memorandum to individual departments encouraging them to focus on celebrating a special occasion instead of a holiday suggesting that Christmas be called “year-end celebration”.
State University of New York issued guidance on culturally sensitive holiday decorations and suggesting to employees to “consider a grab bag exchange instead of a “secret Santa gift-exchange.”
The University of North Carolina Employee Forum published guidelines purportedly aimed to help staff avoid microaggression in their interactions by cautioning against phrases like “Christmas vacation”, “husband/boyfriend”, and “golf outing”. It stated that organizing vacations around Christian holidays further centers the Christian faith and minimizes non-Christian spiritual rituals and observances.
The Muslim Students Association at Loyola University of Chicago, a Catholic University, complained that the school gives more emphasis to Christmas while paying scant attention to other religious holidays. The school population is 60% Catholic and 40% divided among other denominations, including 5% Muslim.
This month, the University of Alabama student paper ran an editorial attacking President Donald Trump from bringing back the nativity scene to the White House grounds, deeming it “disrespectful”.
Suppose these guardians of virtue have their way, what would Christmas be like for most of us?
We will just be exchanging cards without any tinge of a religious celebration. Acceptable greetings would be- Good Morning, Good Afternoon and Good Evening. It’s cold, keep warm this season of whatever!
Christmas gifts will no longer be wrapped in traditional glitter associated with Christmas. Instead of saying Merry Christmas in your gift card, you just explain: Dear Friend, please take this gift to celebrate you know what I mean. I happen to be a boxing fan, and I believe as boxers do, it’s better to give than to receive.
Instead of decorating your Christmas tree with Santas, reindeers, star of hope, and other glitters, we just hang bells with the images of Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Hillary Clinton.
You go shopping and you don’t hear Jingle Bells and We Wish You A Merry Christmas anymore because those sounds inflict mental anguish to the offended non-believers.
You walk with your kid inside the shopping mall and he asks, Dad/Mom, where has Santa gone? It would be painful to say- Son, they put Santa in jail without trial.
Christmas is a celebration rooted in religion. But it has also become a cultural tradition now ingrained in our way of life. Let the other believers celebrate they way they want to. But let Christmas be Christmas, the way we used to know. Let it be.