LETTERS: Merry Christmas, again

Some argue that saying Christmas excludes others and not everyone celebrates Christmas.

Multicultural, what does that really mean? So far, in regards to Christmas, and only Christmas, it means pushing it aside and replacing it with the word holiday. One of the goofiest things proving my point was an advent calendar that was titled, Countdown to Holiday.

In a truly multicultural society, should not Canadian culture and traditions be held up? How can it be justified to be offensive? As I have said before, where is the tolerance?

Some argue that saying Christmas excludes others and not everyone celebrates Christmas. Not everyone celebrates Thanksgiving, Halloween, Easter, St. Patrick’s Day, even Canada Day, and yet there is no problem in referencing them. As they are very specific and not all inclusive, should they be removed from our yearly celebrations? Every month has days that are significant to various ethnic groups.

Could this maybe be intolerance to a religion? Isn’t that a no-no? Or is it OK as long as it’s Christianity? The funny thing is, those of other cultures, ethnicities and even religions celebrate Christmas here in Canada, even atheists. Christmas is not just religious, it has its own secular following and way of celebrating, you know, the guy in the red suit. Christmas is part of Canada, even in a “multicultural” nation, so don’t let the grinches steal Christmas by replacing references to Christmas with holiday. Merry Christmas

David Mercier

Penticton