For years now holidays have been under attack. It began with Christmas and the "remove Christ from Christmas" campaign due to concerns about political correctness. Then the same has gone on to attack the Easter holiday, even changing the Easter Bunny to the E. Bunny or Spring Bunny to remove the thought of a politically incorrect religious reference. St. Valentine's was recently attacked in some schools being changed to a "day of caring." Now, in one Massachusett's school is removing St. Patrick and replacing him with a "green movement" infused O'Green Day.
When I was a child and went to elementary school I recall the happy memories of special parties and events which followed along the traditions of each of these festive days. Santa Claus came to visit our classroom each year (sometimes portrayed by this writer). Easter eggs were both painted and shared. Valentine cards were given to all of your friends. Halloween candy was shared and costumes were worn. Why, we even traced our hands on paper and made a Thanksgiving turkey out of it. At that time, it seemed politically incorrect not to participate as these times were fun. They were a much needed break from the routine of true learning. I recall that there a few kids whose parents would not allow them to participate. They were taken to the library where they enjoyed movies and fun of the everyday sort.
Today, I dare to say that this issue is about the same. The majority of children come from families that support and celebrate holidays and teach their children about them. The minority would be children whose faith imposes sanctions against these days or have parents who are caught up in the modern craze of political fairness. Yet, it seems more and more that the minority is the champion in these debates all around the country. Is this truly politically fair? Why punish the majority? It does make you think.
Political correctness in the truest sense of the word is a needed thing, but it can be taken out of context. I will agree that all people are equal, as the Founding Fathers did. All people deserve the right to live and do as they choose. In their minds and mine it boils down to common respect. But where does it end? What excuse or law is there that allows one party the right to usurp the rights of another? What right is there to change the way that people have lived and done things for centuries, as is the case of the holidays which do not force a political agenda at all? And where is the law that suggests the minority, who can easily remove themselves from the situation they find wrong, is to change the course of the majority?
Upon inspection of the issue it becomes clear as to what is wrong. There is no real learning. There is a sad lack of knowledge about these days (and many other things) and that lack has caused a terribly sad rift. With knowledge comes enlightenment. That is why in my articles I seek to enlighten regarding the holidays. With enlightenment we can truly find out what real political correctness is and that this form we have today is not it. Without learning there is no personal respect and with ignorance comes division. Are not the people of this world divided enough?
Many of these holidays have a very unique history of their own. In the case of St. Patrick's Day we honor not just a Saint, but we also honor a society of people who came to this land and made this day a special time for them to celebrate their culture. What right does anyone have to change the meaning of a day that they have set aside to celebrate that? Alas, in our time culture is the first thing to be attacked. Perhaps if we would embrace our culture instead of destroy it we would be a much closer and familial country. Peace comes with enlightenment followed by compassion and understanding.
It is the stand of this writer that holidays are needed and are days to enjoy. They carry with them fun customs and histories that are just as interesting as the customs. So, away with the blarney and may St. Patrick's Day and all special days be cherished and enjoyed.