It was Miss Kelly who tipped me to "Thanksgiving First". And I could not agree with her more.
Suldog is leading the way with Thanksgiving Comes First urging letters and boycotts of stores saying that we've had enough.
I'm a Christian, so I have more than an annoyance factor at work here. I think that cheapening the holiday, by expanding it beyond reasonable bounds, does a world of disservice to my religion. It gives people a false view of it, by making it a greed-fest. However, if you aren’t a Christian, your take on matters is still important; maybe even more so than mine. If you're Jewish, for instance, I'm sure it makes you mad to see your religion's holy days buried beneath this overkill. If you're an atheist, it must truly make you seethe. Let it out. Tell the world that you've had enough.
The Christmas wars are tracked at The Christmas Watch which has its own naughty and nice list. Naughty are the stores that don't mention Christmas on their websites, substituting 'winter holiday' or forbidding their employees from greeting customers with a Merry Christmas. Nice ones mention Christmas often.
Then there are the benighted fools who tell store Santas not to "Ho, Ho, Ho" because it could be seen as derogatory to women. Instead, they are urged to use "Ha Ha Ha" to which Instapundit says "Heh, Heh, Heh". He is an unlikely revolutionary, but this Christmas, Santa is a rebel with a claus.
Meanwhile Ruth Marcus asks What 'War on Christmas?"
to the extent that the war-on-Christmas crowd is simply reacting to knee-jerk political correctness, I'm with them. It's idiotic to call the Capitol conifer a Holiday Tree -- as it has been for the past several years, until it was re-, um, christened this year.
But there is an ugly, bullying aspect to this dispute, in which the pro-Christmas forces are not only asking, reasonably, that their religion be treated with equal status and respect but in which they are attacking legitimate efforts at inclusivity. It's this sense of aggrieved victimhood that confuses me: What, exactly, is so threatening about calling the school holiday a winter break rather than Christmas vacation?
I'm with Mark Krikorian who noted the other day,
"Ah, remember the good old days when the War on Christmas didn't start until after Thanksgiving?
And sticking with Thanksgiving comes firstPosted by Jill Fallon at November 16, 2007 10:47 AM | Permalink