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Dec 072005
 
Authors: Collegian Editorial Staff

The holiday season is now in full swing, which means countless decorations, abundant shopping, incessant carols and more efforts to turn this "joyous" time into an effort to be "politically correct."

By living in a free country such as the U.S., citizens have the luxury of being able to speak their minds and practice whatever religion they wish. Yes, democracy is a beautiful thing, but recently the idea of being "politically correct" has been warped into a whirlwind of propaganda.

All throughout the country, Christmas trees are being replaced by "holiday trees," a disconcerted effort by legislators to make citizens of all backgrounds feel welcome. From Rockefeller Center to the White House, these so-called "holiday trees" are being decorated exactly like traditional Christmas trees. However, in this effort to make people feel equal, legislators are disregarding the meaning behind what has traditionally been a Christian symbol of Christmas.

While it's great that the government is trying to diversify its observance of the holiday season, they are going about it the wrong way. Next thing you know, a menorah will no longer be regarded a symbol of Hanukkah, but will be renamed a "holiday candle holder." Sound ridiculous? Well, so does a "holiday tree" to many Christians.

With all the glitz and glamour of the holiday season, it is important to remember the reasons behind the decorations, presents and traditions.

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