Chris Queen

Hating Christmas

Posted on December 25 2010 6:00 am
Chris Queen hails from Covington, GA. Check out his blog, Random Thoughts From The Revolution, and follow him on Twitter.

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1. Poor Santa!

Nowadays, the Yuletide assault is so nefarious that even Santa Claus is under attack. There have been two instances this year in which children’s organizations made the decision to replace Santa as a part of their Christmas (I mean, holiday) celebrations — or get rid of him all together.

From the New York Post:

A politically correct West Village YMCA has fired Ol’ St. Nick in favor of Frosty.

Kids who once thrilled at sitting on Santa’s lap at the 14th Street McBurney YMCA’s wildly popular annual holiday luncheon will now suffer the icy embrace of a talking snowman and his sidekick, an anonymous penguin, at today’s event.

Forget about bringing a list or checking it twice — Frosty doesn’t take gift requests, and doesn’t care if you’re naughty or nice.

“It wasn’t replacing; it was transitioning,” said John Rappaport, executive director of the McBurney YMCA. “We realized that change is sometimes good, and that Frosty is a great winter character who would appeal to a broader number of kids.”

Change may be good in some instances, but some changes, or “transitions,” shouldn’t be made. The decision caused an uproar from Christians and Jews alike, including many YMCA members. Still, the Y stood behind it’s decision, which was made locally, rather than at the institutional level.

And in Minnesota, it appears that decisions on Christmas celebrations at Head Start are now being made by a vocal minority.

Santa Claus, as portrayed by Dennis Jackson, won’t be visiting students at the Head Start classes in St. Peter this year.

Jackson has made appearances the past four years at the classes for students who need help preparing for school, but this year officials said, “No, no, no.”

The official explanation from Chris Marben, who coordinates regional Head Start programs through Mankato-based Minnesota Valley Action Council: “We have Somali families in the program. We’re respecting the wishes of families in the program.”

“The simple truth is that southern Minnesota has become a much more culturally diverse society than it was a few decades ago,” she told the paper. “Part of our challenge in Head Start is providing an environment where young children from many different cultures can all feel comfortable.”

But don’t worry. In this case, Santa’s speaking out.

Santa’s a little frosted, the paper says.

“It kind of burnt me up,” he said.

Jackson said rather than depriving the rest of the group of the Santa experience, parents who object should take their kids out of the class during the half hour he spends talking to the kids and giving them candy.

It’s thoughtful of Santa to suggest an alternative, but if there’s anything he should know by now, it’s that the bureaucrats will placate a small minority at the expense of everybody else. The small squeaky wheel will get greased by the Left no matter what, and the timeless traditions of Christmas will once again be thrown by the wayside.

Next: A Conclusion.

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