I celebrate Christmas. As Dave Chappelle would say–“There, I said it!” I don’t celebrate “the holidays,” although I could, because one side of the family is Jewish. But I’m Catholic (gasp!). I don’t celebrate “winter” or go to any gatherings called “winterfest.” My friend sitting in the next office celebrates Hannukah. We were chatting this morning, and found ourselves dancing around these words for some reason. How stupid! We work at one of the most politically correct institutions of higher education in the world, so every year there’s a delicate balance we all struggle with–gifts? Decorations? The campus basically settled on snowflakes as the only safe decoration. This year, however, a rebellion!
The grad students–from many countries and of several faiths–decorated the whole department. We’re glowing! Red and green, silver and blue, and enough empty space for atheists and agnostics. A tree to satisfy the pickiest pagan!
Why are we sucking the life out of our religious holidays? It’s like living in a Target “wonderland” commercial. The blanding of diversity–Humbug! I say, bring it all on!