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THE DEATH OF CHRISTMAS

Cindy Maddera

Last week all the local news channels did some kind of story about the whole Christmas vs. Holiday debate. Fox news even used The Death of Christmas for a headline. I hate to tell these people this, but Christmas died a long time ago. One guy was complaining because his town Christmas parade was now being called the Holiday Parade. I remember hearing him say "I could see this happening in some place like San Francisco, but not here". Because, you know here we don’t tolerate people of religions other than Christian. Please correct me if I’m wrong, but don’t most major religions celebrate something around this time of year? Last I remembered Hanukah was celebrated during the month of December. Buddhists celebrate Bodhi Day on the eighth. African-American’s celebrate Kwanzaa, which isn’t so much about religion as it is about respecting and learning about African-American history. The point is that the month of December holds a number of Holidays, not just the Christian ones.

The thing that kills me is the stupidity of Christmas vs. Holiday issue. Who really gives a rat's ass? The debate is a time waster. Those people are sitting around complaining about semantics when they could be doing something useful, like helping out a homeless shelter, donating food to the local food bank, or helping the little old lady next door by taking her trash out on a freezing day.

Bah-humbug!