Too many afraid of word “Christmas”

It seems there is almost a phobia of using the specific word “Christmas”

Too many afraid of word “Christmas”

Too many afraid of word “Christmas”

There is an increasingly common practice at this time of year that I find very annoying and irritating.

I am referring, of course, to the use of the word “holiday” in place of Christmas. It seems there is almost a phobia of using the specific word “Christmas” for fear of offending some people not of the Christian faith. My family and myself are non-Christians, nor members of any other religious group, but we have always enjoyed the Christmas season as a colourful and sociable celebration at a rather dull and, for some people, depressing time of little sunshine.

The traditions of giving presents and decorating our homes and trees with lights are fun, escpecially for children.

I don’t like the term “politically correct”, but I suspect this is what motivates many advertisers and merchants to use the generic and non-specific word “holiday” instead of Christmas.

We have 10 or 11 other holidays each year and don’t seem to have a problem calling them by their name. I am pretty sure that people who do not celebrate this Christian tradition are not offended by the word Christmas, or by the people who observe it.

I sincerely hope we never get to the point where we are putting holiday presents under the holiday tree while singing holiday carols.

K. Beaumont

Duncan