LETTER: Celebrate Christmas, and all the holidays as they are, or don’t celebrate them at all

I have just finished reading my son’s elementary school newsletter and I have to say that I was disturbed by some of its content.

A number of years ago, the school stopped having a Christmas Concert and had just a concert in December. All correspondence concerning the Christmas season referred to it as “the holiday season.”

Today I read that we are looking forward to the “winter break,” (a “special season”) and that on Dec. 20 they are having their Primary Winter Concert. They do, however appear to have made a slip when they refer to their “annual Christmas event” (the only time I have seen the word in a long time.)

In the same newsletter, on the front page I read the thank-yous for all the Diwali celebrations’ volunteers, and that these celebrations took a whole school day away from the children’s classrooms.

Am I missing something here? Why is it okay, yet again, to celebrate Diwali openly in school, yet my children are forced to celebrate Christmas in the closet – now calling everything that happens in December by anything other than “Christmas?”

And once again, I am angry to see that the “winter” concert organizers have gone out of their way to pick material that is as far away from Christmas as they can get. What about Hanukkah? What about any other religious celebrations?

I say we celebrate all of them, or none of them.

I, for one, am fed up with Christmas being called everything but Christmas and none of its celebrations having anything to do with the real reason for it being a holiday. It has always been and still is a major Christian celebration and it should be kept as such.

Happy Diwali, Happy Hanukkah, and Merry Christmas. (You can say Happy Holidays to me the next time I go on vacation).

Brenda Steer


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