Christ­mas forced out?

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - EDITORIAL -

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?

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