Shhhh! Don’t say the “C” word!

Here’s the first story I’ve seen this season:

For as long as anyone can remember, Christmas trees adorned with lights and ornaments have greeted holiday season visitors to UNC Chapel Hill’s two main libraries.

Not this year.

The trees, which have stood in the lobby areas of Wilson and Davis libraries each December, were kept in storage this year at the behest of Sarah Michalak, the associate provost for university libraries.

“For as long as anyone can remember…” it starts out. It’s sad, really, that the rights of the majority are so often trampled by the minority in the US. Every year another business or institution decides that they’re not going to use the word “Christmas” in their advertising or allow their employees to say “Merry Christmas” for fear of offending someone. Offending someone is, of course, the only sin still recognized as such in the US of A, the Land of the Easily Offended and the Home of the Hypersensitive. Yet here in Japan, a country that is predominantly Buddhist/agnostic, no one thinks twice about it. All the stores play traditional Christmas hymns, and the word “Christmas” is up everywhere. People who aren’t Christians tell each other “Merry Christmas,” and they’ve even got their own original Japanese tradition of having a Christmas cake, which looks a whole lot like a birthday cake (sounds like a good idea to me, by the way). They do this because it’s fun. Plain and simple.

The point is, if you don’t like Christmas, then don’t celebrate it. Why do you want to ruin it for everyone else? As a Christian in Japan, I’m a part of a minority. It has never occurred to me nor to any of my friends, however, that we should protest the Buddhist and Shintoist festivals that the municipalities here hold. I don’t participate in them, but I’m not going to go out and tell everyone else that they can’t because I don’t. Why would I? Because the message at these events “offends” me? Boo hoo. Suck it up, people.

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4 Responses to “Shhhh! Don’t say the “C” word!”

  1. Ash123 says:

    And don’t forget about the Japanese rituals of eating KFC on Christmas Eve, or listening to Wham’s “Last Christmas” 10 billion times :) .

    I’ve noticed a lot more tolerance for Christmas here in Japan, too, such as newscasters wearing cross necklaces on TV, or Silent Night playing in convenience stores, etc. But most Japanese really don’t have a grasp of the true meaning, with most celebrating it because it seems cool or foreign. One of our friends teaches 6th grade students here, and she said a lot of them thought that Christmas is Santa’s birthday.

    Christmas Eve seems to be more of a romantic evening for couples, whereas Christmas Day is pretty much like any other day. Have you noticed this?

    And even though the word “Christmas” is everywhere as you point out, lately we’ve been having a hard time finding Christmas cards with anything to do with Jesus. Most of them have Santa type decorations with phrases like “The Season’s Best Wishes and a Happy New Year” on them.

  2. casey says:

    Yeah, that’s basically my point. Make the holiday what you want it to be. Don’t spoil it for everyone else if you don’t want to celebrate the birth of Jesus.

  3. Kansas Bob says:

    In honor of this post I have added a “We Say Merry Christmas” image to my sidebar!

  4. Leslie says:

    Couldn’t agree more. It’s not quite as bad as that this side of the pond, but we are getting there.

    We would probably be there all ready if the press didn’t subject the politically correct idiots to the ridicule they so richly deserve.

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