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A Politically Correct Christmas

Should we really forget the true meaning of Christmas?

Woodlands Junior School is in the south-east corner of England

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Our students enjoy finding out about the meaning of Christmas. They want to know why we do the things we do at Christmas. Who invented the Christmas card and the Christmas Cracker? Why do we decorate a Christmas tree? Their list of questions is endless but they all know why we celebrate Christmas. They all know the true meaning of Christmas.

Save our Christmas!

We live in a society where the true meaning of Christmas can be lost. Christmas today has not only become commercialised but it also has started to change. The traditions we have taken for granted and have been passed down from generation to generation are, very sadly, being replaced with a 'politically correct' version or, even worse, stopped altogether.

To have a politically correct Christmas, do we have to get rid of the name Christmas (it has Christ in it) ?

'Jesus is the reason for the season', it is HIStory!

The festivals of the Christian church are all based around HIS story and the church year begins with his birth, the birth (mass) of Jesus Christ.

In 2006

  • Three out of four employers no longer put up Christmas decorations in the workplace for fear of offending political correctness policing,
  • The Royal Mail has removed any Christian references from its Christmas stamps.

In 2005, some places:

  • Banned electric lights being used to decorate Christmas trees in shopping centres, just in case a passer by is electrocuted.
  • Stopped carol singers from holding candles, just in case they set light to something.
  • Banned children from sitting on Father Christmas' lap.

In previous years:

  • The Red Cross banned Christmas nativity decorations from its UK charity shops in case they offend customers of other faiths.
  • The Royal Mail was accused by the Church of England of taking Christianity out of Christmas by using secular themes on the stamps it issues for the festival.
  • A church was told that it could not publicise its Christmas services on a community notice board to avoid offending other religions.
  • In 1998, Birmingham council called its festive celebrations "Winterval"
  • In 2001 Luton council described its Christmas lights as "Luminos", taken from the Harry Potter books.

Our students love the story about Santa explaining the symbols of Christmas.
You can read it too. click here!

A Politically Correct Santa?

'Twas the night before Christmas and Santa's a wreck...
How to live in a world that's politically correct?
His workers no longer would answer to "Elves",
"Vertically Challenged" they were calling themselves.
And work conditions at the North Pole,
Were alleged by the union to stifle the soul.

Four reindeer had vanished, without much propriety,
Released to the wilds by the Humane Society.
And Equal Employment had made it quite clear,
That Santa had better not use just reindeer.
So Dancer and Donner, Comet and Cupid,
Were replaced with 4 pigs, and you know that looked stupid!

The runners had been removed from his sleigh;
The ruts were termed dangerous by the E.P.A.
And people had started to call for the cops,
When they heard sled noises on their roof-tops.
Second-hand smoke from his pipe...had his workers quite frightened.
His fur trimmed red suit was called "Unenlightened."

And to show you the strangeness of life's ebbs and flows,
Rudolf was suing for unauthorized use of his nose,
And had gone on Geraldo, in front of the nation,
Demanding millions in over-due compensation.

So, half of the reindeer were gone; and his wife,
Who suddenly said she'd enough of this life,
Joined a self-help group, packed, and left in a whiz,
Demanding from now on her title was Ms.

And as for the gifts, why, he'd ne'er had a notion,
That making a choice could cause so much commotion.
Nothing of leather, nothing of fur,
Which meant nothing for him. And nothing for her.
Nothing that might be construed to pollute.
Nothing to aim. Nothing to shoot.
Nothing that clamoured or made lots of noise.
Nothing for just girls. Or just for the boys.
Nothing that claimed to be gender specific.
Nothing that's warlike or non-pacific.

No candy or sweets...they were bad for the tooth.
Nothing that seemed to embellish a truth.
And fairy tales, while not yet forbidden,
Were like Ken and Barbie, better off hidden.
For they raised the hackles of those psychological,
Who claimed the only good gift was one ecological.

No baseball, no football...someone could get hurt;
Besides, playing sports exposed kids to dirt.
Dolls were said to be sexist, and should be passe;
And Nintendo would rot your entire brain away.

So Santa just stood there, disheveled, perplexed;
He just could not figure out what to do next.
He tried to be merry, tried to be gay,
But you've got to be careful with that word today.
His sack was quite empty, limp to the ground;
Nothing fully acceptable was to be found.

Something special was needed, a gift that he might,
Give to all without angering the left or the right.
A gift that would satisfy, with no indecision,
Each group of people, every religion;
Every ethnicity, every hue,
Everyone, everywhere...even you.
So here is that gift, it's price beyond worth...
"May you and your loved ones enjoy peace on Earth."

Author unknown




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