And the latest casualty in the "war on Christmas" is... gift wrap.
Bow and wrapped gifts have been labeled "offensive" by administrators at the University of Minnesota:
An academic department at the University of Minnesota declared that “bows/wrapped gifts” are “not appropriate for gatherings and displays at this time of year.” According a copy of the guidelines obtained by Campus Reform, UMN’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS) encouraged its employees “to recognize holidays in ways that are respectful of the diversity of our community,” recommending a series of steps to take. “Consider neutral-themed parties such as ‘winter celebration,’” the flyer suggests, adding that “decorations, music, and food should be general and not specific to any one religion.”
The guidelines go on to say that individuals “may display expressions of their religious faith in their own personal space if it does not have a meaningful public function,” and not “in public areas,” such as “reception areas” or “kitchens.”
“Bows/wrapped gifts,” along with the “Menorah, Bells, Doves, Red and Green or Blue and white/silver decorations” are also discouraged.
If that doesn't get you into the holiday spirit, I don't know what will!
Taking steps to create an atmosphere where everyone feels included is a good thing -- but too often such efforts go too far, and begin to suck the joy out of our holidays. For nearly a decade, Americans have been instructed to say "Happy Holidays" instead of "Merry Christmas"; Christmas trees in town squares have been replaced with "holiday trees"; colleges have sanitized holiday celebrations on campus; and now we can't even affix a bow to a nicely wrapped gift without being scolded.
Now that President Trump is in office, Americans can expect many of the Obama-era shackles to be removed from the Christmas season. But it's clear that in some places, such as UMN, political correctness is still eroding holiday joy.