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November 25, 2012

HOPKINS: Merry holiday!

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Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Most Christmas television specials today deal with nonsensical stories that are centered around Dec. 25 but don’t touch the religious aspect. In many cases when there is a religious reference, it’s used in a farcical way for a cheap laugh.

Christmas cards? Real Christmas cards can be difficult to find. My wife and I went out to buy some Christmas cards this weekend and we found plenty that suggested greetings for the season and the holiday. Even the ones that dared to mention Christmas on the front apparently were penned by an author who lost his nerve for the inside, reverting back to the safe “holiday season.”

School boards were swept up in the political correct 1990s, changing “Christmas concert” and “Christmas break” to “Holiday concert” and “winter break.” Some of you may remember that, locally, the Williamsville School Board caused an enormous ruckus in the early 90s when it made “Christmas” a taboo word. After the furor of that subsided, other school districts — like Dominos — fell.

When I was in elementary school, we had Christmas concerts. Sometimes there was a reference or two to Hanukkah. No one minded, no one objected. As kids, we didn’t care. We knew a little about Hanukkah, and were told that was what people of the Jewish faith celebrated. To us it was cool; probably because it was different. (Yes, the children didn’t mind, but obviously adults did. There’s a lesson in there somewhere.)

Municipalities have been scared half to death by threats of lawsuits from the ACLU who claim religious bias or government sanctioning of religion.

I wonder what will fall next to political correctness.

Santa appears to be safe, even if he’s really just a modern version of the Three Kings. There’s too much marketing focused around Santa to take down the jolly old elf.

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