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Nick's Journal
2006-12-10 22:26:50 (UTC)

Merry Christmas here's your fucking tree

although i am incredibly wrapped up in the insane world of
final exams during the first semester of law school, i do
take the time to realize the insanity which is known as the
"real world" around me.
last night as i was desperately flipping through channels so
that my brain could return to the pleaseant mush that it
once was, i stumbled upon a frantic newscaster belting into
his microphone the following:
"i tell you tom. you would not believe the negative
reactions this christmas tree policy has gotten from the
airport workers."
now if ever there was a sentence which would make you stop
flipping channels that would probably rank #7 right below,
"well mindy, it looks like they got half of the hostages out
of the chuck e. cheeses."
anyhow i watched the 'developing/breaking' story and it
turned out that the airport had decided to take down a
christmas tree which was prominently displayed in the terminal.
now aside from the fact that people don't respond too kindly
when you give them something then decide to take it back; i
couldn't understand how this all happened in the first
place. from what the reporter was telling me, it seemed as
though "all of the airport employees he had spoken with were
outraged by this action and that they were only not speaking
because they were afraid of getting in trouble."
so my question is...who complained? and whyyyyyyyyyyyy?
now believe me, i don't buy into that phony right-wing "war
on christmas" crap for one second, but when shit like this
happens it just pisses me off. a christmas tree? is this
what it's come to? a christmass tree?
now if they had had a nativity scene up...a cross or
something obviously christian i could understand. but a
christmas tree?
i believe it is a pretty far stretch to claim that putting
up a christmas tree is an endorsement of the christian
religion. while i don't doubt that it is a symbol used by
some who celebrate the christian faith, i refuse to believe
that it necessarily follows that having a christmas tree
erected in a place of business endorses christianity.
first of all, christmas has gotten to be a holiday on par
with thanksgiving. it is simply a time that families come
together and share each others company and give gifts.
regardless of whether or not you view it as a travesty, the
actual birth of christ as it's initial point of celebration
has been mostly undermined.
a christmas tree represents a season and a holiday which has
become more and more devoid of its original religious
intention. i mean a christmas tree just seems to symbolize
a warmth and holiday feeling of family more than a staunch
religious symbolism. plus the tree itself was ancillary to
the original holiday, which goes back to the point of it not
being on par with a nativity scene.
and what about a wreath? is that too religious? or a
mistle toe? given what seems to be the analysis of, SOME
use a christmas tree to symbolize christianity therefore it
is an endorsement of the religion and offends those who
don't...wouldn't a mistle toe or wreath necessarily fall
under this categorization?
don't make the christmas tree into the next "merry
christmas". "merry christmas" was turned into an offending
statement because of the environmentally imposed political
correctness. now when someone says "merry christmas" to me
i can't help but feel taht they are being presumptious and i
even celebrate it! the deal is that our environment has
fashioned this greeting into one of presumption. by saying
"merry christmas" to you i am almost mischeviously assuming
that you celebrate a certain holiday, which is absurd. i
think it's absurd because i take my experience in austria
where this political correctness has not fostered this
assumption.
when someone says "frohe weihnachten" to me i don't feel
that pang. given that it is the exact same statement, only
said by someone who is austrian, it would go to show that
the environment here has led me to assume that an english
rendition of the same salutation is making a preumption of
my character whereas the german is not. given the fact that
it was said to me in america by someone who has lived in
america for a long time, you couldn't argue that their
culture precludes them from realizing that i might not
celebrate it. by virtue of that fact anyhow, the elderly
should be exempt from any merry christmas antagonization due
to the era they grew up in.
we are all influenced by our cultural environment no matter
how much we care to admit it. if we start making it seem as
though a christmas tree is leading a presumptious imposition
upon a group of people then we will once again tear down
something which is inherently harmless. in fact i
thoroughly enjoy the glow of a christmas tree adn all of the
festive lights.
for once just allow the voice of the many to prevail, rather
than some politically correct interest group with a
nauseating paternalistic approach to our society. remember
democracy is the voice of whoever shouts the loudest.