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.”