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Please don’t take my manners or holidays away by Felina Silver Robinson
Today I read an article and shared it on my blog “Marshfield Residents Want Christmas Vacation Back.” It made me remember the first time I heard it our schools in Brookline Massachusetts as “Winter Vacation”. It made me further remember various schools not wanting Halloween celebrated at their locations. Newton Schools have continued to ban Halloween activities. Here is a small collection of some earlier articles speaking to these bans.
1. Newton (MA) Elementary School Bans Halloween (Newton, MA – 10/27/2005)
2. Banned at the schoolhouse door: pint-size ghosts and goblins (Raleigh NC – 10/31/2005)
3. Massachusetts Principal Takes Aim at Fall Holidays, Says They’re Insensitive (Somerville, MA – 10/15/2011)
4. Valentine’s Day Candy Banned By Horace Mann School In Massachusetts (VIDEO) (Newton, MA – 02/12/2012)
My daughter recently came home and told me that her and a group of her friends got in trouble for hugging each other during school. Hugging is no longer in Brookline Public schools. I remember reading an article back in August about a Student punished for saying “bless you”.
While I certainly agree that some holidays can be offensive, like Columbus Day and Thanksgiving. I believe that there is a difference when a holiday directly affects the emotional well-being of an individual such is the case with Native Americans and their feelings as they relate to Christopher Columbus, Columbus Day and Thanksgiving. However, taking an opportunity away that one has had since birth whether it be a 100 years or 10 years is just preposterous.
Taking away Halloween and any celebrations around Halloween is just so sad. Just because someone chooses to celebrate Halloween, it does not make them a witch or a devil worshiper. Personally, I attended church and Sunday school my entire childhood, well into adulthood. I have never given up on my Christian beliefs and no Holiday will change that. Some of my fondest memories are attached to Halloween.
Taking away holidays and renaming holidays is one thing. To add salt to existing wounds, people have moved on disallowing touch and disallowing the use of the term “bless you” when someone sneezes. Personally, I try really hard to just say “bless you” instead of “God bless you”, but there are those that are still upset with that, to the point of suspending a student for it as noted in the article mentioned in paragraph two. Being raised to say “God bless you” since childhood upon the sound of a sneeze, it feels quite rude when it is not said. I will always find myself compelled to say it and I don’t intend to apologize for that.
My closing thoughts: I have never thought for one second that I had the right or felt the need to take part in removing any holiday celebrations aside from Thanksgiving and/or Columbus Day as it directly affects who I am. I would never expect anyone to give up their own beliefs for mine. None of us have the right to dictate what others believe in. We all try to find a place where we fit in. Sometimes this doesn’t come easy. We all want to feel comfortable. The best way to do this is to allow others to be themselves as long as they are not hurting anyone. Changing life long tradition should not be the goal just because a small group of people prefer to think badly or be frightened by kindness. While we all realize that change is necessary and will come no matter what we say or do,If things change too much we lose too much of where we come from, then we lose a sense of ourselves as well as a sense of belonging.
(My Throwback Thursday Photo)
When I was young
My siblings were my closest friends
Trips to the park
Trips to the zoo
Our favorite trip was to see
Santa each year at Christmas
One brother, three sister and there was me
What can we offer him but a smile and our wishes
He doesn’t appear unhappy and cares not just the same
No worries, no blunders,
A lap full of stories most good and some bad
Big eyes, filled with promises
No ones to blame
It’s unemployment all around
But Santa knows what to do to make everyone happy
But he’s certainly not telling anyone
For the time will soon be near
To put up the tree
Gather round it and plead
And hopefully upon Christmas your dreams will come true
Copyright 2014 Santa© Felina Silver Robinson
Amazon just wrapped up a successful holiday shopping season. It sold 36.8 million items on Cyber Monday alone, or 426 items per second.
The company also revealed the most popular holiday purchases in a range of categories. Some of the items are kind of surprising…
The most popular grocery item was…
A Miracle-Gro AeroGarden kit, which is a dirt-free herb and plant-growing aparatus that allows its owners to raise their own herbs in the confines of their kitchen. The Miracle-Grow beat out the well-known K-Cup Keurig coffee-makers, which topped Amazon’s list last year. This is what it looks like:
The most popular jewelry item was…
A pair of “Sterling Silver Amethyst Flowers Earrings,” which beat out the “Sterling Silver ‘I Love You To The Moon and Back’ Two Piece Pendant Necklace.” What’s surprising isn’t that the most popular jewelry item is purple. These earings just seem a bit elaborate to have garnered such wide appeal.
The most popular kitchen item was…
A Tovolo Ice Mold, which makes spherical ice cubes. The ice mold is a neat but strange choice given that the ice cubes it makes are large, and don’t fit into many standard cup sizes. It beat out a far more traditional non-stick baking mat set and Cuisinart griddle. Everyone fashions himself a mixologist these days: Amazon says it sold enough Tovolo Sphere Ice Molds to fill Mad Men‘s Don Draper’s whiskey glasses for 251 years.
The most popular home good was…
An art set. The Darice 80 piece deluxe art set, which comes with everything from color pencils to watercolor cakes and crayons, sold better than any vacuum cleaner, ornament, or decoration. It even outsold Swarovski’s perpetually popular crystal star ornament.
The most popular health and personal care item was…
The Fitbit Flex Wireless Activity + Sleep Wristband, a sleep, exercise, and health tracker that straps onto one’s wrist. Amazon sold more Fitbit wristbands this holiday season than it did Philips electronic toothbrushes and Braun electric shavers. The popularity of the little gadget is a pretty clear nod to the growth of the internet of things and growing comfort with mini, wearable computers, as well as the skyrocketing trend in health obsessiveness.
Electrical problem blamed for Malden fire
Firefighters said the fire started around 6:30 a.m. at 7 Coburn St. A teenager smelled smoke and alerted her family to get out.
No one was hurt, but the damage to the building was extensive and a number of Christmas presents were destroyed.
“The best present we all could have got is that everyone is OK,” said cousin Berthonya Joas. “So, you really can’t ask for much more right now.”
The Red Cross responded to the fire and is helping 15 people, including many children, who were displaced.