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Christmas has been hijacked

By maxwell edison ·
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I received an email recently inviting me to a Holiday Party. Okay, nothing new there. Christmas Parties have long been replaced by Holiday Parties in most places, and extra effort is often made to include those from faiths outside Christianity, as well as agnostics, and atheists. What was interesting about this particular invitation, however, was that while it excluded any mention of Christian themes, it INCLUDED themes from other religions and cultures.

Happy Hanukkah, it said, below an image of a Menorah; Happy Kwanzaa, it said, below an image of a Kinara; Happy Holidays, it said, below an image of a snowman and snowflakes. What? No Christmas? Neither in word or image?

I blame stupidly and ignorance on the part of the person who generated the invitation, and an over-zealous attempt to let political correctness trump reason. What happens when Christians feel offended because their religious faith and culture is excluded while others are specifically included?

Now I'm no Bible thumper by any stretch of the imagination. And I hardly ever discuss my own spiritual beliefs. But if people don't like others who celebrate the CHRISTAIN HOLIDAY called, CHRISTMAS, then don't celebrate.

What was once an almost exclusive Christian day of celebration and remembrance, soon became watered-down, and has now expelled the very thing that started it all - Christmas.

MERRY CHRISTMAS, everybody. And if that offends you, that's just too bad.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SXh7JR9oKVE

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Yay!

by AnsuGisalas In reply to Sorry, Neil

How was it funny? ?

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Punny, Ansu. Punny.

by boxfiddler Moderator In reply to Sorry, Neil

And if you have to ask, I'm horribly disappointed.

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Now

by AnsuGisalas In reply to Sorry, Neil

I feel dumb!
Wait... I am dumb - no bad!

Atheists can't win. I'm overlooking something.... Hey! You know what that means?!? I can learn something new!
That's awesome!
-Unless of course you don't tell me what it is... that'd be evil!

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Dumb?

by boxfiddler Moderator In reply to Sorry, Neil

Maybe. But you type a good lick. :^0

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I'm licked...nt

by AnsuGisalas In reply to Sorry, Neil

Still don't get it
I'm probably too pure and innocent...
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*ROFLMFFAO*

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Thanks for that, Max

by NickNielsen In reply to Spot on, Neil

For me, that song wraps the season up in a neat bow. When done well, it brings tears to my eyes. (When done poorly, it does the same.) She does well.

My favorite arrangement is Mannheim Steamroller. Unfortunately, it doesn't seem to be on Youtube, and you can't play it anywhere else without a membership.

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My favorite.

by boxfiddler Moderator In reply to Spot on, Neil

Thank you, Max. :)

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Good job of finding offense where none was intended. No text.

by CharlieSpencer In reply to Christmas has been hijack ...
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I pointed out that (probably) no offense was intended. And . . . . .

by maxwell edison In reply to Good job of finding offen ...

..... I never said that I was offended.

I said, "What was interesting about this particular invitation, however, was that ....."

Interesting does not mean offended.

And I went on to say, "I blame stupidly and ignorance on the part of the person who generated the invitation, and an over-zealous attempt to let political correctness trump reason."

But me being offended? I never said that. I did, however, wonder about other people who might be offended because of the convoluted and warped way Christmas has come to be seen in a politically correct world of not offending non-Christians.

"What happens when Christians feel offended because their religious faith and culture is excluded while others are specifically included?"

And when I made that comment, I didn't - nor have I ever - claimed to be a Christian. I've not discussed that one way or the other.

"Now I'm no Bible thumper by any stretch of the imagination. And I hardly ever discuss my own spiritual beliefs."

I might be a Jew, or something else, or nothing at all, for all you know.

P.S. Good job of reading something that wasn't there.

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Merry Christmas Max

by PurpleSkys In reply to Christmas has been hijack ...

I couldn't agree with you more. Christmas has become over-commerialized, a "who got the better gifts" type competition.

For me, Christmas time is all about family. We don't often get to all be in the same place at the same time, so it's important to me that we're together at Christmas. We spend Christmas Day with my family and Boxing Day with Darryl's family.

Now, I don't take anything from the beliefs of other cultures, but by golly, Christmas is part of my culture, please don't bully me into making it something it isn't.

This one is by The Rankin Sisters from Cape Breton, it's a pretty song and it's sung in Gaelic
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HOHKA0elcCc

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