I got a card in the mail from my local MP.
It said “HAPPY FESTIVE SEASON” which is a lovely inclusive, politically correct way of sending a Christmas card without — heaven forbid — mentioning Christmas.
Religious holidays have become an etiquette minefield. Instead of simply noting that for some people Christmas is a religiously significant day and for others it isn’t, we have erased the Christian-bits from Christmas entirely.
The kiddies can no longer sing Away In A Manger at the end of school concert. We don’t hang angels on our trees. The decorations on our street poles are all bells and bows, no stars or shepherds. Shopping centres are forgoing nativity scenes in favour of Frosty the Snowman (has nobody noticed that it is 40 degrees outside, so Frosty is likely to meet a sad melted demise in Australia?)
As I see it? We have two choices ahead of us. Forget the politically correct and let Christmas be religious for those who want it to be and for those who don’t? Well, they can just enjoy the holiday-part and be spectators for the rest.