Christmas forced out?
Agrowing trend during the recent Christmas holiday frenzy of gift-giving, dinners, visiting family and church services is an effort to try and keep the focus off religion.
Media releases that come into this newsroom contain warnings on holiday ‘ hazards’ to avoid. Thrown in with harassment and inappropriate conduct is how to avoid religious discrimination. The releases stress that as winter approaches, it‘s the time for holiday parties and year-end celebrations. Such festivities are a way to encourage team camaraderie and thank employees for their hard work — and little else.
Tips for keeping the focus off religion include not dedicating functions for Christmas, don’t play religious Christmas carols or music and avoid traditional Christmas decorations such as a manger, Christmas tree, nativity scene or mistletoe.
Instead the focus should be on celebrating the winter season and the coming new year.
Efforts to rewrite religious history apparently include the complete commercialization of the season.
Where is Charlie Brown when you need him?