Christmas has become such a contentious word

I have no idea why the word Christmas is causing so much controversy.

To the editor:

I have no idea why the word Christmas is causing so much controversy, we have been celebrating Christmas for hundreds, even thousands of years.

It is a peaceful, full-of-love-and-goodwill-to-everyone holy day, celebrating the birth of a man who did nothing but preach peace, love and forgiveness and who died for these beliefs.

This is what Christmas has always stood for, peace, love and forgiveness.

So why is the name Christmas causing such fear with some of our population and who says it is politically incorrect to say Christmas or even to wear Christian icons in the workplace?

We do not say that the Jewish people cannot say Hanukkah on their holy day or that the Islamic people cannot say Ramadan or Eid on their holy days, so why are we being told that we cannot call Christmas, Christmas?

And if we are going to go down that path, calling holy days “politically incorrect” then it should be for all faiths and religions on their holy days and not just Christian holy days.

Thomas James

McLuskey,

West Kelowna

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I was so pleased that people are starting to speak out about this stupid politically correct nonsense. I too am happy that more individuals are choosing to ignore those who tell us we should be politically correct. First of all , who are those people who tell us we must not say this or say that.

I, for one, have had it with Christmas card companies that refuse to acknowledge Christmas, and I would ask (not tell) customers to boycott all Christmas cards that do not mention Christmas in favour of Happy Holidays, festive season, etc.

Ken Hodgson,

Kelowna

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These stores that put Happy Holiday in the windows because they might offend someone by saying Merry Christmas really offend me.

I do not consider myself a religious person but this is how I feel.

Merry Christmas.

John Hannah,

West Kelowna

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