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By gosh, by golly, hide the mistletoe and holly: Now it’s the war on Christmas parties

December 9, 2015

From my latest blog post for the Independent Women’s Forum:

The snowflakes are OK–but no red and green and no Santa or his reindeer, please

Let’s start with the University of Tennesee-Knoxville, whose diversity office posted guidelines for “inclusive” holiday celebrations saying that it’s okay for people on campus to throw parties in December–but they’d better not feature any hint of Yule. The guidelines are now down after state legislators called for the removel of UT-Knoxville’s chancelor, Jimmy Cheek,  but the Christian Science Monitor reports this language:

“’Holiday parties and celebrations should celebrate and build upon workplace relationships and team morale with no emphasis on religion or culture,’ the memo reads. ‘Ensure your holiday party is not a Christmas party in disguise.'”

Furthermore (according to Campus Reform🙂

“The school says these parties should never include religious or cultural games such as ‘Dreidel.’

“Additionally, if a gift exchange is planned, the university says calling it ‘Secret Santa’ is inappropriate. Instead, the exchange should be referred to in a more general way, such as ‘practical joke gift exchange’ or ‘secret gift exchange.’”

Campus Reform continues:

“At Cornell University the beloved tradition of mistletoe is under attack, with the school claiming the parasitic plant, under which lovers are expected to kiss, doesn’t create an ‘environment of inclusion.’

“Students and staff are encouraged to be ‘thoughtful in [their] decorating choices’ at Ohio State. Greenery, white lights, snowflakes and bows are deemed appropriate. The school, however, would prefer they avoid the colors red and green to convey an ‘inclusive holiday spirit.’

“When holding holiday parties, food should be general and not privilege any religion. Groups should strive for consensus and seek decisions on party themes that ‘everyone can live with.’”

Read the whole thing here.

Posted by Charlotte Allen

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