Saturday, December 5, 2009

"Holiday' Time or Just Good Old Christmas?

There is a lot of mention in the newspapers of 'holiday' shopping, holiday season, holiday spirit etc. The 'politically correct' description of Christmas time is the fall out of the American style of secularism which divorces religion from public life entirely, therefore 'holiday' season refers to all the festivals that may be celebrated at this time. I personally feel that this takes away from the true spirit of things. I have just planted a 'holiday tree' at my farm in the facebook game 'Farmville' and let me tell you, I am not happy at all!! I do so like the all encompassing secularism of India which says that all religions should be treated equally....as a result we are as excited about Christmas as about Diwali or Id or Gurparb and, what a relief, we can actually call a Christmas tree a Christmas tree without offending anyone! Another reason that the US model would be unworkable in India is the number of holiday seasons that are there. If we say 'holiday decorations' then we would be at a loss to figure out which holiday they were refering to!! The festivities start from Raksha bandhan right upto 'Bengali new year' for us Bengalis which is in April and each festival has a different flavour...
Well, the bottomline is that it is irritating to be 'politically correct' about such things so let's call a christmas tree just that, please. Thanks to the Indian take on secularism we can happily say 'Christmas tree' 'Christmas holiday', 'Christmas decorations' without any fear! HO HO HO HO

14 comments:

Rohit said...

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas! (in advance of course :))

2 B's mommy said...

Since I came here to NZ almost 13 yrs ago, I have seen 'Merry Christmas' slowly turning into 'Happy Holidays' !

Hey, I play FV too ! What level are you on ?

diya said...

I am at level 20 something, I am deeply troubled as FV is not opening for sometime on my computer! I also play half a dozen other games thanks to my gaming friends...they keep introducing me to newer ones. I had joined Farm Town first, so that is my favourite and I have reached level 41 in it!! Is it possible for us to be friends at FB?

2 B's mommy said...

Why not ! I would love to take our blog friendship a bit further :-)I am also looking forward to meet you on my next trip. What's your email address so that I can search for you and add you as friend :-)

Just one request though: I love to blog anonymously and haven't really given out my real name and pics on my blog or to my blogfriends. I would appreciate if you would still use my blog name '2bsmommy' for blog use ( and vice versa) cos obviously once my friend on FB, you will have access to the whole family's pics, names and a lot more....only my children know my blog adress. D knows I blog but thankfully, he doesn't read my blog. My friends and extended family don't know that I blog at all.

Its easier that way, bcos, then I can blog without worrying that I would offend someone by some of my posts where I pour my heart out ;-)

Hope that's ok with you.

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