Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Wordy Wednesday #88: Happy Holidays, My A$#

Like most public schools, governmental entities and retailers, the elementary school Youngest attends has a "Happy Holidays" policy. You know, it's not "Merry Christmas" or "Happy Hanukkah," it's "Happy Holidays." It's not a "Christmas" tree, it's a "holiday" tree. They aren't "Christmas" ornaments, they're "holiday" ornaments. It's "winter" break. It's a "holiday" gift for your parents.

Frosts my ass but I get it. However, when I'm wearing a Christmas sweater and I'm buying a nativity scene, don't say "Happy Holidays" to me or I'll ask for a refund on the spot.

Ahem.

I get it. I get it. I get it.

But the school has gone so freakin' overboard with their "Happy Holidays" calendar. It's one thing to be inclusive and celebrate "holidays" rather than Christmas or Hanukkah or Kwanzaa. It's another thing altogether when you belittle everything about the holidays by posting this calendar.


Am I wrong to find this calendar offensive? Tell me. Please.

6 comments:

Jomama said...

I can see your point. The sillier ones do seem to trivialize the more significant holidays in the month.

The historical events and birthdays don't bother me, but I agree about the "Wear a Plunger on your head" and "National Chocolate covered anything" days. Weird.

I guess if you started the school year looking for dopey things to celebrate every day, it might be hard to know when to draw the line.

mayberry said...

STEPHENIE MEYERS' BIRTHDAY? that's messed UP.

Do they do this every month or just for December? Every month would make a little more sense/be less obnoxious.

Patois said...

This is the only time it's ever been done. Were it a monthly deal, sure, why not? But, nope, it's supposed to be just for the "holidays."

Janet said...

Wear a Plunger on Your Head Day? Why on earth would you put that anywhere, anytime? Yes, I would be offended by that, as would everyone with half a brain.
Lord, I just now saw Stephanie Meyers' birthday. That's really over the line. And I liked the series.

Lori said...

I wish you had taken a photo of today's date, because by looking at the photos I can;t tell if Chanukah was written on today's date. Probably was, though. Plunger on your head? WTF?

Stillie said...

National Chocolate Covered Anything Day? SIGN ME UP!

But no, I totally get what you're saying. I live this on a day-to-day basis and all I can say on behalf of all the teachers who have NOT lost their minds and started acting stupid is: I'm sorry.

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