Re: Culturally Sensitive Xmas
Robert Sharek (drdaddy@COMPASS.NET)
Tue, 7 Nov 1995 22:33:27 -0500
On Tue, 7 Nov 1995, Lynne Fitzsimmons wrote:
> Now scouters, take one step back. Why are you doing this in December?
> Oh, because Christmas is in December. If Christmas wasn't in December,
> you wouldn't be doing International Holidays in December. If, say, you
> moved this theme to February, and did this sort of activity, it would be
> much less emotionally charged. Each den could select a big holiday from
> some culture and share it, or various families in the pack could collaborate
> on the holiday of their choice.
The whole problem is apropos to that time of year. The problem stems
mainly from the controversy over a Christmas party and a "Holiday
Party." It mainly refers to Jews and Christians. Chanukah just happens
to fall out at the same time of year. Give a take 19 days on any given
year. Holiday parties are appropriate if their are scouts from other
I have been a Jewish scouter, in the pack, troop and district. But I
live in South Florida where we have the second largest concentration of
Jews in the country.
I have given donations collected for "Christmas gifts." It doesn't
bother me or my son. I think I am lucky because my unit has always been
open and fair minded because I have been that way with them. I took a
long time to cultivate this relationship.
I think everyone should give it a try.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City