It's my last day in the office for 2007. I will be returning to work and to blogging in January 2008.
I'm really looking forward to the break and the festivities that surrounds Christmas. We do however, live in a society where the true meaning of Christmas can be lost. Christmas has not only become commercialised but traditions taken for granted and passed down from generation to generation are being replaced with a 'politically correct' version or stopped altogether.
Here are a few examples of Christmas Political Correctness gone mad: · In 2006 the Royal Mail removed any Christian references from it’s Christmas stamps
- · In 2005 some places banned children from sitting on Santa’s lap
- · The Red Cross banned Christmas nativity decorations from it’s UK charity shops in case they offended people of other religions
- · A church was told it could not advertise it’s Christmas services on a community notice board as it could offend other religions
- · In 2005 Lambeth in South London named it’s Christmas lights, Winter lights Simply "daft".
How much time and expense has been spent on becoming Politically Correct - and in some cases - is it worth it?
The Commission for Racial Equality, it seems, has a sense of humour when it comes to Christmas. Their card which was sent out in 2006 shows the usual nativity scene as a draft with a series of suggestions and notes—I wonder if they send a similar card for 2007?
If you wish to make a Politically Correct seasonal greeting, here's one I found earlier:
Best wishes for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, low stress, non-addictive, gender neutral, winter solstice holiday, practiced within the most joyous traditions of the religious persuasion of your choice, but with respect for the religious persuasion of others who choose to practice their own religion as well as those who choose not to practice a religion at all; (Disclaimer: This greeting is subject to clarification or withdrawal. It implies no promise by the wisher to actually implement any of the wishes for her/himself or others and no responsibility for any unintended emotional stress these greetings may bring to those not caught up in the holiday spirit)
Whatever your religion, have a good one!