Two years ago I wrote about our school's Secret Snowman program, and how it was explicitly stated on the Secret Snowman form that "Snowman" was used instead of "Santa" so as not to have a religious connotation--even though the gift-giving itself is based on the gifts to the Christ-child from the three wise men!
Looks like we're using the exact same form this year, with the exact same explanation. (Don't recall if we used this form last year or not.)
I'm sure the feminist snow-womyn have something to say about this SEXIST celebration.
Darren, the last time I checked the Bible, Santa was NOWHERE in it...
How is a reference to Santa religious????
You'll have to access the PC crowd.
Of course, there are no "three wise men" either. The bible is silent on the number of the magi.
Thats just one of my particular favourite pieces of pedantry.
Just as it's silent on their names, yet my mother once told me that she learned their names, and one was Balthazar .
Caspar, Melchior, Balthazar (spelling iffy on all three). And is gift-giving not a tradition for other winter holidays?
Also, Epiphany (three kings day) is January 6... I remember that our family celebrated it for a few years, and it was pretty cool, because we had Christmas presents and candy and then like two weeks later we DID IT AGAIN! ^.^ yay for parties!
Santa is considered religious by the PC crowd because the concept of Santa Claus is loosely based on the real-life person of St. Nicholas of Myrna. A saint of the Catholic church who was known for his semi-anonymous help to the poor.
If Saint Nicholas lived at the North Pole and flew around with gravity-defying reindeer, I'd give that argument some credence. But he didn't.
And if people are going to worry about the derivation of names, as if "holiday" coming from "holy day" weren't enough, we'd better start changing some city names: San Diego, Santa Barbara, San Francisco, and Corpus Cristi come to mind. And let's never forget that Berkeley, CA, is named after a slave-owning Anglican priest.
Darren, the PC crowd is focusing on changing the last of the sports teams with 'offensive' names like the Washington Redskins. Once they are finished with that, you can be sure they will be coming for the city names.
San Francisco and Berkeley have to be the first on the list.
And what about Carmichael, CA? Can we have a city named after Stokely? (Actually, the unincorporated area was named well before Stokely was born, but still.)
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