Swinging Holiday ( by Carley Evans )

One of our local radio stations plays Christmas music from the beginning of November. Starting in December, the station features local choirs — community, church and school choral groups. This morning, on my way to work, I heard a middle school choir sing “We Wish You A Merry Christmas” except they sang “We Wish You A Swinging Holiday.” Every mention of Christmas or Christ was expunged from the song; at first I didn’t even recognize it, but the tune was definitely “We Wish You A Merry Christmas” with the familiar “and a Happy New Year” tagline.

I found it offensive.

Now, the radio station is not the problem. The very next song was “Do You Hear What I Hear?” which includes references to Jesus as “The Child” who will bring us goodness and light. So the station is willing to recognize the reason for the season, but the school system is bogged down with worry over offending other religions; so worried, in fact, that it forgets that it offends Christians when it changes “Merry Christmas” to something so banal as “Swinging Holiday.”

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9 thoughts on “Swinging Holiday ( by Carley Evans )

  1. lambskinny says:

    Thanks G.M. – Carley

  2. mtsweat says:

    It always amazes me how few people I encounter who want or desire for the traditional means of celebrating Jesus’ birth to be downplayed or even eliminated, but the school system sees this as some crusade they must march forward with. Personally, I have encouraged my closest friends to get their kids out of the public school system. It’s poison. Find a private Christian school or home school, but get them out! Thanks Carley.

    • lambskinny says:

      Michael, thanks for sharing. Perhaps it is because my children entered the public school system so many years ago that I actually have no idea what is going on in it anymore. When my children were in it, it seemed okay, at least in this specific geographical area. We actually moved into our city for the school system, hearing horror stories of the public schools in Charleston. Private schooling was not an option as it was not affordable, by any means.

  3. lambskinny says:

    Thanks Joyce. Merry Christmas!

  4. lambskinny says:

    Thanks so much, Peace in Heaven.

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