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None Dare Call It Christmas?
Happy New Year! by Peter Brimelow
Against Christmas competition
is bringing in the usual tale of
atrocities from sea to shining sea. And the
Federal Government has not yet weighed in –
who can forget our leaked How
The HUD Stole Christmas memo last year?
From: Pat Mason Jr. Pat1234m@compuserve.com
Tell Peter to send me the
book. My children attend a private CATHOLIC school [in Shreveport,
have just been informed that "Happy
Holidays" will replace "Merry
Christmas" since the latter is
"offensive" to non-Christians. A parochial school, no less.
P.S. this is the same school, which banned anything 'Confederate' so as not to "insult" the (literally) one or two blacks in the entire school.
From: [NAME WITHHELD BY REQUEST]
The tipping point in the obliteration of Christmas came, I think, in the first year of the Clinton Administration. While everyone else was absorbed in the "gays in the military" flap, I noted that the United States Postal Service had adopted the slogan, "We deliver for Yule." Since then, no Christmas from the USPS or, so far as I can tell, anything else related to the federal government.
From: Denise Burns firstname.lastname@example.org
Here in Atlanta, not only
does the US Postal Service refuse to acknowledge
Christmas by its real name, it even has a black
ink postmark canceling out stamps that reads
"Happy Who-lidays", I suppose in
reference to the Grinch movie that has topped
the box office (our family has not seen it, nor
So is there even an effort
afoot to "disenfranchise" the word
holidays from our seasonal vocabulary, because
it derives from holy days? It would seem so.
Thanks for your timely piece.
From: Allan E. Wall email@example.com
I'd like to submit an
entry: I received an advertisement from
NYTimes.com, inviting me to "Celebrate the
holidays with NYTimes.com". It informs of
"the holidays approaching" and of
their "special Holidays section",
"reviews of holiday films" and of a
"holiday book review". It also informs me that "Holidays is updated every day
with all the holiday-related information
appearing in the NYT".
There are "holiday gifts," a
"Holiday and Vine food and wine guide to
help you plan your holiday meals," and it even
informs me that I should "accept our best
wishes for the holiday season by visiting this
special online e-greeting card…"
I punched the address to
access the sub-section, and saw the featured
card. Can you believe it, the featured card is
known as "holiday jeers," in which you
throw roasted chestnuts at carolers to keep them
from that monstrosity, there are other
"holiday e-greeting cards" displaying
various New York City scenes (one of which
actually has Santa Claus in it).
On that page there was other sub-section
options to punch, so I punched one that said
On the "Holidays" page you can
actually find a reference to
"Christmas" - included in a chart
called the "holiday countdown" which
included Ramada, Hanukkah, Christmas and
Pretty outrageous, huh? Do I win the contest?
From: [ANOTHER NAME WITHELD BY REQUEST]
The City Manager in Eugene, OR has banned Christmas trees on city property. Reportedly he consulted with the People for the American Way and with the ACLU (usual suspects) and got their wholehearted support. (Click For Article)
From: Scott Bisselberg firstname.lastname@example.org
I believe the repeated attempts (he tried again this year) of attorney Scott Greenwood of Cincinnati to have Christmas removed as a federal holiday because of the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment qualify as egregious examples of efforts to suppress Christmas. Thank God many Cincinnatians also believe so.
From: John Brimelow [INELIGIBLE FOR COMPETITION]I had dinner last night at Le Perigord (405 E 52 Street, NYC) my favorite of New York's grand restaurants, which I have used a good deal over 20 years. Suddenly it dawned on me that there were NO Christmas decorations. With effort, we found a few poinsettias. I asked Georges, the proprietor, who said he had had to eliminate them because of hostility from his large U.N. clientele. He said some had walked out. But has the U.N. composition changed so much in this period? Aren't these diplomats? Or are they sensing an opportunity?
December 19, 2000