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Saturday, December 6, 2008

It's the Holiday Season


Last night, we saw a wonderful performer telling stories at my son's school. He taught the children a song to celebrate all of the season's holidays, without exclusion. Sung to the tune of "We Wish You a Merry Christmas", the lyrics go like this:

We wish you a Merry Christmas
We wish you a Cozy Kwanzaa
We wish you a Splendid Solstice
And a Happy Hanukah

Ramadan used to be there, but when it moved on the calendar, Mark pulled it from the tune.

Sadly, we cannot say Christmas without being insensitive. It isn't about excluding anyone or converting anyone - I don't expect everyone to celebrate Christmas but I'm not certain why it's so awful to celebrate it. I don't care if we celebrate the others too - I am all for a party and a day off of work.

In our efforts to be politically correct and sensitive to all, we have become a little too clinical and a little too ridiculous. This year, schools cancelled and banned the recognition of Thanksgiving or the references to Christmas. How about teaching all perspectives and versions of the story? How very sterile of us - we just scrub away the days that we don't want to explain, inspect, or defend. Sad.

So, at the risk of offending all of you - Happy Festivus.
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