By Dr. Bill Bosher, NBC12 Educational Specialist
RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - What a wonderful time of the year with lights, decorated trees, candles, cards, gifts and the laughter of young people. It is also a time when true meaning is buffered by political correctness.
With its origins in the 70's, it is now used in a pejorative sense with a connotation of intolerance. Lack of concern for offending is political incorrectness.
Well our PC term for this wonderful season is "Happy Holidays"…what does that mean?
There are typically three things happening during December, two are religious and one is cultural. For the Christian world December 25th notes the celebration of the birth of Jesus. It is our "reason for the Season."
A second religious Holiday is Chanukah, an eight-day Jewish celebration commemorating the victory of the Macabees over the armies of Syria and the liberation and re-dedication of the Temple in Jerusalem.
In 1966 a California State University professor created Kwanzaa, a celebration of African heritage and culture, an alternative to more traditional holidays.
Ironically, schools are often used as places to debate whether or not these realities can be mentioned. We can teach the writings of Lao-Tse, the Taoist but fear that we might be offensive if we mention Jesus or Chanukah.
"Holiday" programs are full of "Jingle Bells" and "Rudolph" while missing a wonderful opportunity to tell young people what we are celebrating.
PC term number two is "Winter Break"…would we have one if it were not for Christmas?
Let's become more politically incorrect and be honest. … And from our family, Merry Christmas!