How we refer to 'the season' is changing

December 15, 2003

Dear Editor:

By all indications, the season is changing.

It is not difficult to observe that there is less warmth in the rays of the sun, and the north wind is getting a little colder. The days are noticeably shorter, and the nights are longer. Nevertheless, there is a festive spirit in the air. Some business establishments and many homes are beautifully decorated. Sparkling lights, bright colors, evergreen garlands, seasonal music, and a multitude of decorative items prominently displayed remind us that the "Christmas Season" is approaching.

Maybe that statement should be radically restated so that it reflects the secular spirit of the time. Politically correct language, more acceptable to the secularists in our midst, would indicate that the "Holiday Season" is approaching. The secularists insist that, in a pluralistic society, all religious references be eliminated lest someone be offended by them.

The secularization of society is evident, and a portion of our culture reflects this secular spirit. Some business establishments have begun to instruct employees to refrain from using "Merry Christmas" as a greeting. Instead, they are to use "Happy Holidays" when they greet customers. Then, in some public schools, Christmas programs are no longer permitted, and programs that celebrate the beginning of winter are promoted. In one school system in Georgia, the school calender had to be amended, and "Christmas break" was replaced with "Winter break." Many of the cards that will be sent during the season will reflect this change in attitude as winter scenes and symbols replace the traditional scenes and symbols of Christmas.


The season is changing. Indeed, political correctness, at work in our society to produce change, has brought us a long way in a short time. As it continues to work to produce a secular society, how long will it be until all references to Christmas are eliminated from the public sector of society?

Then, in a pluralistic society, everyone can celebrate the arrival of the winter solstice without a religious emphasis that might be offensive to someone.

Howard Coop


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