Use of phrase ‘Holiday Decorations’ is really stupid

Dec 11, 2008 by

I just watched a Lowe’s commercial which used the phrase Holiday Decorations instead of Christmas Decorations. Many stores and business have started to use this politically correct phrase. My problem with this phrase is that it is not only stupid but inaccurate. I know that Hanukkah is an 8 day Jewish holiday that is celebrated at roughly the same time as Christmas. I also know that Kwanzaa is a week long holiday that is celebrated from December 26th to January 1st of every year. As far as I know there are no Muslim holidays that are celebrated during the same time frame as Christmas celebrations.

The holiday decorations that Lowe’s and other stores and businesses refer to are primarily Christmas tree ornaments, Christmas tree lights, Christmas wreathes, Christmas garlands and assorted other Christmas decorations. Note the use of the word Christmas to describe all of these decorations. None of these holiday decorations are used by Jews to celebrate Hanukkah, African-Americans to celebrate Kwanzaa, or Muslims to celebrate the New Year.

So let me make the outlandish suggestion that since none of these ‘Holiday Decorations’ are used to celebrate anything other than Christmas, they should  correctly be called ‘Christmas Decorations.’ I fail to see how anyone can be offended by calling something by its correct and proper name. The use of the phrase ‘Holiday Decorations’ is neither offensive to anyone nor politically incorrect. It is just plain stupid.

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