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And a Merry Christmas to You, Too!

What the heck is a "winter" tree?

By Edie J. Adler, Contributing Writer
Published on LatinoLA: December 12, 2011


And a Merry Christmas to You, Too!


One of my all time favorite television shows is "The Twilight Zone" that cleverly written half hour fiction drama that inevitably makes you think about an alternate dimension where everything is upside down.

I've been watching "The Twilight Zone" in re-runs since I was a little girl in Mexico; I suppose I learned to love and enjoy "La Dimension Desconocida" from Papito. The two of us would sit in front of the TV watching our show on Saturday evenings right after supper. Back then I never imagined I would one day experience a real twilight zone!

But that is exactly where political correctness has driven our country: our very own, very real twilight zone! Recently we had a few friends over for Shabbat dinner. The group included a lady who happens to be a teacher in Camarillo. As I mentioned our upcoming Hanukkah party, she told us she is not allowed to mention any holidays to her kinder garden class! Furthermore, she and the other PUBLIC SCHOOL teachers there are instructed to refer to Christmas trees as "winter" trees!

Are you frigging kidding me!?! "Winter" trees? And to think that I get annoyed when I hear people calling them "holiday" trees!

Let's get something straight: What most people celebrate every December is Christmas, not just a holiday or a winter holiday! It is a Christmas tree, not a holiday tree, and not a winter tree! You give and receive Christmas gifts, or some of us Hanukkah gifts; if you're lucky you get both! But no one gives or receives just some random holiday gift to their loved ones!

Why do people feel the need to cater to a very few weaklings who seem to be looking for reasons to be offended? Or perhaps most importantly, why do we, the reasonable majority, allow it?

In case you haven't figured it out by now, I am Jewish; I was born Jewish, and I will die Jewishand no, I do not melt, disintegrate, or get offended when I hear someone utter the word "Christmas!" As a matter of fact, I rather enjoy the festiveness of the season; the beautiful music, the food, the gatherings with friends, etc.

Wake up and smell the eggnog, people! Don't buy into this political correctness nonsense to keep a very small group satisfied. A rose by any other name is still a rose. A Christmas tree by any other silly name is still a Christmas tree!

If your children come home from school asking you why there are no decorations in their classroom or why their teacher refers to the tree as a winter tree, don't give them this nonsense of "tolerance" but rather tell them the truth: some grownups are just dumb!

The next time you are at a store and someone wishes you "happy holidays" join the campaign started by my dear friend Amalia Gonzalez and reply: "And a Merry Christmas to you, too!" You'd be surprised how many smiles you get in return!

About Edie J. Adler, Contributing Writer:
Edie J., a regular contributor to LatinoLA, is an actress, author, public speaker. She lives with her husband Neal in the valley with their six dogs, four cats, three birds, two frogs, one turtle, and a partridge in a pear tree.
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