Merry Christmas, everybody.
So now that it's come, all of the politically correct people can breathe a sigh of relief that they have at least 10 months before they have to begin harping on the rest of us about being too religious and offensive because we celebrate Christmas.
Jay Leno told a great joke recently. I’m paraphrasing, but he said when Mary and Joseph were in Bethlehem, they only stayed one night.
He said the authorities went to them and said, "Hey, you can’t have that nativity scene here. This is public property."
It’s hilarious, but also sad for the note of truth.
In fact, in a small Texas town, an atheist organization from another state has been fighting city hall to remove a nativity scene that’s been a decades-long seasonal tradition.
So far, the court has remained firm, but who knows for how much longer.
I’m not sure if you heard this, but several school systems in our country forbade teachers from having poinsettias in their classrooms this season because, apparently, poinsettias are just too "Christmasy" or religious.
I did a little research and sure enough, there are plenty of legends and stories about the poinsettia symbolizing the Christmas story.
Who knew? I always just liked their vibrant red color next to the green Christmas tree.
I am quite sure children in today’s world have no idea that poinsettias have anything at all to do with the holiday.
Over the years, the "politically-correct powers" have managed to ban Santa because he may be offensive to others.
Rudolf was next to go, even though you would think he might have been a good mascot for the anti-bullying campaign.
Next to go were Christmas trees. Where were the environmentalists? Didn’t I recently read that cut Christmas trees are actually good for the environment?
Oh well, too bad. The decorated Christmas tree is just too symbolic of religion we aren’t supposed to mention.
What about stars? Heavens no.
Just like teachers had to do away with giving children gold stars because it made those who didn’t have as many feel badly, stars at this time of year might remind people of the star of Bethlehem.
We cannot have that, especially at school. We wouldn’t want to remind children that the first settlers to come to our great nation came seeking religious freedom. Details, details.
I think the next thing to go will be the entire name "Christmas."
Oh sure, I realize schools have been calling it winter break for a while. But when will the government completely change this national holiday’s name? And what will it be renamed?
If we took the "Christ" out of the name, it would just be "Mas." Merry Mas?
That isn’t catchy, and pretty much throws away the reason for the season.
If we aren’t allowed to say Christmas, maybe we need to find a politically-correct symbol for the holiday.
Snowmen seem harmless. Oh, I mean snowpeople. Alas, I think even poor Frosty is being challenged at this point.
While it’s sort of entertaining to poke fun at the politically-correct crowd, it’s also troubling when I think about our country’s future.
These crazy rules and laws that keep popping up seem to weaken us as a nation. Moreover, they’re not doing anything to remind us of our heritage and why America is great.
If I went to another country where a different religion was the dominant one, I would never expect them to hide their faith because it offended me. That’s ludicrous.
Sometimes I think what our country really needs is a big dose of common sense.
I’m thankful I’m still free to say "Merry Christmas" to all of my wonderful readers.
Adlen Robinson is author of "Home Matters: The Guide to Organizing Your Life and Home." E-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.