Over the last decade, political correctness slowly sucked joy out of the holiday season. “Offensive” Christmas trees were torn down in town squares. Public schools cancelled beloved holiday concerts. And we were all told to wish our neighbors “Happy Holidays” instead of “Merry Christmas.”
Well-meaning efforts, championed by former President Barack Obama, to promote “inclusion” have sanitized Christmas traditions that we hold dear. In turn, many concerned Christian Americans began to believe there was a “War on Christmas.”
To claim there is a war on Christmas sounds dramatic to some, however, it cannot be denied that many elements of the holiday season have been eroded over the years. It’s worth taking a look back at some of the most absurd examples of the war on Christmas over the last few years.
Cities banned Christmas trees.
The city of Boston was one of numerous municipalities to officially re-name the giant spruce tree in its city park a “holiday tree” in order to be more inclusive. Many residents were furious with the name change, and rightly so. December is the Christmas season! It’s not just some general feel-good period of time. Plus, the holiday season is a time to celebrate our religious and culture differences—not a time to cover them up with bland names like “holiday tree.”
Grade schools cancelled Christmas traditions.
As recently as 2016, one school in Pennsylvania cancelled its decades-old annual performance of “A Christmas Carol.” The beloved tradition came to an abrupt end, and many parents believe it was because of a line in the holiday classic that mentions God. The school principle said the decision was “rooted in a desire to be respectful” to the diverse student body. Apparently, in order to be tolerant and diverse, schools must eradicate any mention of God.
Companies sanitized Christmas, too.
Private businesses—from car manufacturers to cafes—have felt pressure from the Left. General Motors released ads showing “Tips for Transporting Your Holiday Tree.” Nowhere in the ad is the word “Christmas” used. Meanwhile, coffee drinkers were disappointed several years ago when Starbucks released its new “holiday” cup—which wasn’t very holiday-like, at all. Traditionally the company had released cheerful and festive Christmas cups in December. But their new politically-correct versions were nothing more than a simple red design, lacking any holiday symbols. The decision sucked the joy out of morning coffee (hey, it’s the little things)...
To be fair, General Motors and Starbucks are private companies and as such they can do whatever they please. But it seems these companies are bowing to pressure from Social Justice Warriors.
Holiday parties and decorations became increasingly less… festive.
The University of Tennessee posted a list of suggestions for hosting a workplace holiday party. The university instructed students and staff that parties should build upon workplace relationships with “no emphasis on religion or culture."
"Ensure your holiday party is not a Christmas party in disguise,” students and staff were instructed.
If that doesn’t get you in the holiday spirit, I don’t know what else will.
Meanwhile, bows and gift wrap have been deemed “offensive” by administrators at the University of Minnesota. Apparently, wrapped gifts are not “respectful of the diversity of the community.”
Christmas carols were deemed offensive.
According to the left, “Jingle Bells” is RACIST. “White Christmas” is RACIST. “Baby It’s Cold Outside” is SEXIST. And if you don’t understand why these Christmas carols are offensive, then you’re PART OF THE PROBLEM!
Towns tore down Christmas displays.
Public holiday displays give people cheer, but many have been removed during recent years. Consider what happened in one small town in Minnesota. Residents watched as their beloved 40-year-old, life-size Nativity scene in the town square was torn down after pressure from an atheist group. This particular story has a happy ending, however. Residents responded by blanketing the town with hundreds of nativity scenes of their own.
Ultimately, working to create an environment where everyone feels included during the holidays is a good thing. But well-intentioned politically correct efforts have begun to take the joy and cheer out of our holidays.
During the Christmas season, Americans appreciate our differences and come together in celebration. At a time when politics has caused a deep divide in our nation, we should encourage celebration—not hinder it.
America could use a little more joy. And that’s exactly what December 25 is all about.