Which holiday is that?

December 24th, 2011
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“Holiday ornaments in store now” -

Sign on 10,000 Villages shop, Calgary

Everyone will by now have their favourite, or least favourite as the case may be, example of stores trying to sneak their way out of saying or using the word “Christmas”. Many readers will by now have had enough of the disputes over Nativity scenes, crèches, etc. that flare up every year now.

I had to mention this sign because the 10,000 Villages stores actually were inspired by the Mennonite faith and were for a while an official program of the Mennonite Central Committee.  They do mention Christmas on their website.

Obviously an over-zealous store employee decided to skate around the Christmas thing, with the inevitable Stupidistic result. By saying “holiday” one must immediately ask what other late-year holidays use ornaments? Hanukkah?  Kwanza? Muharram?  Or perhaps they were selling aluminium Festivus poles?

In a similar vein, Canadian crooner Paul Anka just released a CD called “Songs of December”. Five of the 11 songs actually have the C-word in the title, another is a hymn medley. The others refer to “winter”, “snow” and “bells”. I guess calling it a “Christmas” album would have been too much of a reach.

As MrK and I have no such hesitation, we unreservedly wish a Merry Christmas or Happy Hanukkah to all our readers!

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By John Weissenberger