TAN: Christmas/Chanukah/PC or not PC (WAS: Re: Christmas)
Nathan Brindle (NATHAN@LSOFT.COM)
Sun, 4 Dec 1994 11:58:42 EST
Oh my, just <had> to throw in $.02 here... :)
Actually, I'm Jewish, and I couldn't care less about "Happy Holidays" or
"Season's Greetings", since to me, Christmas is Christmas. I tell people
Merry Christmas all the time, which hardly means I'm assimilated--I'm
just being nice.
Chanukah is a minor holiday, folks, and has nothing whatsoever to do with
Christmas. (In fact, it's almost over even as we speak.) If someone wants
to tell me Happy Chanukah, I'll acknowledge it amiably...but to me, "Season's
Greetings/Happy Holidays" means Christmas and New Year's, and nothing else.
So if you believe saying them to me is PC, well, you're wrong. :)
I think you would find that most Africa-Americans who celebrate Kwanzaa would
have similar feelings--my understanding is that it is not meant to replace
or take away from Christmas, but is a celebration of African-American values
and customs. Anyone please feel free to correct me if I'm wrong.
In the US, Jews are making a national effort to dissociate Chanukah from
Christmas because the two holidays have no connection. I understand the
wish to include everyone, but many Jewish people believe that the attempt
to be inclusive is more confusing than helpful, to both Jewish and non-
Jewish children alike--not to mention many adults as well.
BTW, I always <do> have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year...and I wish
the same for all of my Christian friends out there. :)
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