Are there Valentine’s Day hearts in our public places when that holiday comes around?
Then there is Saint Patrick’s Day. Do schools and public spaces display shamrocks during? Easter is the most significant holiday in the Christian tradition. Eggs represent new life. Are there pictures of eggs in schools and other public places?
How about Halloween, which is the day before All Saints’ Day? “All Hallows Evening” had very religious significance in the Christian tradition. Thanksgiving is another holiday that has religious significance. Who do you think the Puritans were giving thanks to?
This concept really shouldn’t be limited to Christian faiths. Trees were decorated and worshiped by Teutonic tribes. Should decorated trees be banned from public spaces? Stop and think of what the star on top symbolizes. Perhaps we shouldn’t have secret Santa gifts at governmental office parties. Gifts are what the Three Kings brought to Bethlehem. In more modern times the gifts are brought by Santa Claus. That would be an abbreviation of “Saint Nicholas.” Even the word holiday began as “Holy Day.” I guess that leaves us with the 4th of July and a couple of others that shouldn’t offend anyone.
Anthony W. Gensic