Christmas or Holiday Parade – The dangers of being Too PC

Last Year the Tulsa City Council dropped the name of “Christmas” from the “Christmas Parade of Lights” and named it the “Holiday Parade of Lights”.

Why the name change?  Even the White House has a a lighting of the “National Christmas Tree

I realize the value in being Politically Correct (PC) about some terms, especially those that are used to belittle, debase, or that have a strong negative connotation, but I think that a danger of being too PC in attempting to achieve understanding, mutual respect and tolerance is that it may actually make us less tolerant.

As Americans we are unique because we embrace, tolerate, and respect cultural, ethnic, and religious differences.  This diversity and greater inclusiveness makes us stronger as a nation.

Taking PC to the extreme can result in a de-facto “Linguistic Ethnic Cleansing” or seem insincere because avoidance of the actual or traditional name for a holiday may make us seem as “afraid” of the original Holiday’s name, and thus in the extreme may cause us to be irrationality afraid of those who are different from ourselves, or who may have a “strange” custom or a “foreign” name for the same object or concept.

Let’s us celebrate and call Holidays for what they are as as this will increase our understanding and our appreciation of these great and diverse holidays / “Holy Days”:

Christmas – Navidad, Feliz Natal, Boas Festas etc (around the world).

Hanukkah - also known as the Festival of Lights is an eight-day Jewish Holiday commemorating the rededication of the Holy Temple (the Second Temple) in Jerusalem at the time of the Maccabean Revolt of the 2nd century BCE.

Ramadan is Ramadan – It is the muslim month of fasting.  Fasting is intended to teach Muslims about patience, humility, and spirituality.   It is a time for Muslims to fast for the sake of God.

Yom Kippur is Yom Kippur – one of the holiest days of the year for the Jewish People.


P.S.  How to Say Merry Christmas – in Africa

In Akan (Ghana) Afishapa
In Zimbabwe Merry Kisimusi
In Afrikaans (South Africa) Geseënde Kersfees
In Zulu (South Africa) Sinifisela Ukhisimusi Omuhle
In Swazi (Swaziland) Sinifisela Khisimusi Lomuhle
In Sotho (Lesthoto) Matswalo a Morena a Mabotse
In Swahili (Tanzania, Kenya) Kuwa na Krismasi njema
In Amharic (Ethiopia) Melkam Yelidet Beaal
In Egyptian (Egypt) Colo sana wintom tiebeen
In Yoruba (Nigeria) E ku odun, e hu iye’ dun!


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