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Volume 72, Issue 68, Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Opinion
 

Letters to the Editor

Political correctness toward Christmas trivial

To the editor:

As the Christmas season begins, people want to use it as a time to remove what's important: the beliefs that started the season to begin with. 

The holidays are criticized every year for the consumerism that is promoted and the frivolous spending that occurs on Black Friday. 

However, a more disturbing trend has developed in the last few years -- political correctness. 

Americans are terrified of offending someone and have resorted to using phrases such as "holiday trees and lights" and "wish trees." Why has our country decided to make a holiday an all-inclusive event? It doesn't matter if you are Christian, Jewish, Muslim or Buddhist. You wish to celebrate your holidays and have them recognized as the holidays they are, not some all-inclusive event.

Why is it when the majority of this country is Christian and celebrates Christmas must the powers that be ostracize us? Few get upset because an employee says "merry Christmas" to them.

Why can't those who don't celebrate Christmas just say "And to you, too," instead of getting upset? 

The holidays aren't about how much money you spend or the quantity of gifts you give or receive. 

The holidays are a time to spend with family, friends and to surround yourself with those you love. 

Even those who aren't Christian enjoy the time off to decompress and spend time with those they love. 

Why should those who celebrate Christmas be cut off from what is important to them?

I hope you will stop and think about what this time of year is about, and you will look at what you gain as a non-Christian or non-Christmas celebrant -- the time to spend with those you love.

Jillian Baginskie
psychology junior
 


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