Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Our Seasonal Four-Letter Word

In its third year, Dilworth Plaza's German style Christmas Village is gracing the west side of City Hall. After receiving several complaints from workers and residents about the word "Christmas," Managing Director Richard Negrin asked that the word "Christmas" be replaced with "Holiday."

It's not surprising. In fact, had the sign originally said "Holiday Village" I doubt many would have noticed. While seasonally adorned retail ads aim at shoppers intending to stuff their Christmas stockings, those same retail stores treat the word "Christmas" like a four letter word. Often the most you can expect is the all encompassing "Happy Holidays" or "Seasons Greetings."

In a culture of increasing politically correct absurdities, I choose to indulge in "a
Festivus for the Rest of Us."

Today's Philly.com poll shows that while 7% were offended by the word, 93% of readers don't give a Christmas about it.


  1. Political correctness is for every one else, except white Americans of Christian European ancestry! It's not politically correct to have a live manger at 4rh and Race, however, it is acceptable to have a three story Menorah over 5th and Market? Muslim, Athiasts, Buhdists and everyone else seem to feel strongly about alienating Christians! Shall we teach the new arrivals that one of the founding principles of our constitution was religious freedom! Or, has that become politically incorrect?

    1. In all fairness, the "Christmas" sign was reinstalled shortly after this happened, and was uneventfully in place during the 2011 and 2012 Christmas seasons. This was apparently a case of management overreacting to or misinterpreting comments by City Hall employees.