Little Bookworm joined with the school chorus last week to sing in its holiday concert. Interestingly, not a single song in the repertoire had anything to do with Christmas. There was the bland and generic ode to some (unnamed) holiday season, there were lugubrious songs about dark winter’s days and, for reasons unclear, there was a song blatantly endorsing Hannukah.
My suspicion about the latter isn’t that raging Jews put the kibosh on Christmas songs, while simultaneously demanding that their religious celebration be acknowledged. I think what happened was closer to the Sasha Cohen kerfuffle, where she blithely joined in celebrating Christmas, but the multi-culti anti-religious police were scared that any Christian flavor would penetrate the wall separating church from state. As it is, no one’s worried that nods to Judaism will bring about a Jewish religious state any time soon.
I think this is really sad. I adore Christmas carols. I never felt that my public school was endorsing Christianity when I happily caroled away to “Joy to the World.” Even at a young age, I recognized that, in Western culture, men and women often brought their greatest artistic genius to bear when it came to pronouncing their faith in God. I also doubt whether repeat exposure to “Christmas is Coming,” “Rudolph the Red-nose Reindeer,” or “Santa Claus is Coming to Town,” is going to put anyone forcibly in mind of Christmas’ religious underpinnings.
As it is, if you’ve got a yen for Christmas music, KOIT radio in San Francisco is playing it non-stop through Christmas. The radio station also has a link at its website so that you can hear the music online.
CORRECTION: I erred. Little Bookworm’s concert included “Feliz Navidad” (a great song), which is probably acceptable because it’s in Spanish, and we know that non-white celebrations of Christmas are acceptable. (And if anyone can find for me a link to a recent story about Democrats being upset that a federal raid on illegal aliens took place on some feast of Mary that is celebrated as a big pre-Christmas holiday in Mexico, I’d appreciate it.)
UPDATE: Thanks to Mrs. Happy Housewife, I now have a link for my claim that a Mexican Christmas song is acceptable, even though a traditional American/European Christmas song is not. In writing about the Fed raids on illegal aliens, here’s the money quotation from a Coloradoan article:
Beyond the ineffective approach, the lack of compassion and humanity in a raid conducted in America’s heartland is appalling. Tuesday’s raid was conducted on Feast Day of Our Lady Guadalupe, a religious holiday that celebrates the beginning of the Christmas season for Mexican Catholics.
The rest of the article is noteworthy for it’s pathetic criminal viewpoint.