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Now Even the Word ‘Holiday’ Is Offensive

College professor says there can be no Christmas caroling — and no sugar cookies shaped like Christmas trees, either

At this point, political correctness is an overfed beast with a broken leash and an insatiable appetite.

First, it’s this: “Merry Christmas” should be turned into “Happy Holidays” to be more inclusive. Then, classic songs start getting updated and certain traditions are deemed offensive. We’ve even reached the point where the word “holiday” is politically incorrect.

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A press release from the Dallas-based Texas Women’s University, which is taxpayer-funded, said everything from the word “holiday” to sugar cookies should be discarded from everyone’s festive celebrations — all in the name of inclusion and political correctness.

The individual recommending this nonsense to students and families is a professor of multicultural women’s and gender studies.

Professor Mark Kessler said holidays aren’t inclusive enough as it is, because some people have faiths that don’t celebrate holidays at all. “Not all faith traditions have holidays in December, and not everyone identifies with a particular faith tradition,” he wrote. His argument is these people can feel excluded from celebrations, but not to worry — another dash of PC steroids will put these worries to rest! Kessler shared recommendations for upcoming holiday celebrations in the press release.

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“Consider naming the party, if it is scheduled for December, without using the word ‘holiday.’ ‘Holiday’ connotes religious tradition and may not apply to all employees. For educational institutions, a December gathering may instead be called an ‘end of semester’ party. For a business office, an ‘end of (fiscal) year’ party may be more appropriate,” suggested Kessler.

It doesn’t stop there. “Avoid religious symbolism, such as Santa Claus, evergreen trees or a red-nosed reindeer, which are associated with Christmas traditions, when sending out announcements or decorating for the party. Excellent alternatives are snowflakes, snowmen or winter themes not directly associated with a particular holiday or religion.”

Oh, and also — no Christmas carols. “Avoid playing music associated with a faith tradition, such as Christmas carols. Consider a playlist of popular, celebratory party music instead,” the press release said.

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Sugar cookies will also put you on the naughty list. “Plan a menu that does not symbolize a particular religious holiday (for example, red and green sugar cookies shaped like Christmas trees).”

Let’s see here: No holiday themed foods or imagery, no mention of Christmas or even the word “holiday,” generic party music … It seems the recommendation is to simply scrub the holidays altogether.

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