I’m dreaming of a white Winter Holiday

My son’s daycare is not celebrating Halloween today. Instead they are having a “Orange and Black Party,” which I just assumed was a different word for Halloween.

After a little web searching, I’ve since found that it is actually part of an effort by some power-hungry Christians at schools to eliminate the Pagan holiday from the schedule. That’s kinda wrong, doncha think?

I understand portions of the politically correct movement. Originally, wasn’t it supposed to bring people together by not excluding people because of race, religion or creed?

How is the term “Halloween” exclusive to anyone? Even the imagery of death in all its forms (skeletons, skulls, mummies, devils, etc.) is rooted in other faiths and cultures. And everyone loves candy. Well, everyone but diabetics. (Sorry, diabetics!)

And “orange and black day” means nothing to me other than my high school days. Our school colors were orange and black — the absolute worst two color combination for a school.

If you don’t believe me, think of the varsity jackets. Think of the gym outfits. Think of the commencement robes. Just like the Ministry song, every single day in high school was Halloween.

Orange and Black day vs. Halloween also isn’t the same argument as Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa vs. “the holiday season”. The latter is an attempt to include all beliefs while the former is one belief simply rejecting the custom outright. The crux of an Orange and Black Day is an overreaction to the notion of witchcraft, I believe, and it’s really a poor reason to try to ruin a children’s holiday. Where does it end?

Can’t you see it now:

INT. SCHOOL HALLWAY

The school BELL RINGS.
A GROUP OF CHILDREN burst out of classrooms and into the hall, TALKING and LAUGHING. At a row of lockers, SUSIE approaches SALLY.

SUSIE
So, what’re you going to be for Halloween?

SALLY
My family doesn’t celebrate Halloween. That’s the devil’s holiday.

SUSIE
Oh.

SALLY
If you celebrate it, you’re rejoicing with Satan.

SUSIE
Oh.

SALLY
And candy is bad for you. It makes you obese and gives you bad skin.

SUSIE
Oh.

SALLY
Instead of Halloween, we’re having an Orange and Black Day. Wanna come?

SUSIE PITCHES HERSELF off a CLIFF to her DEATH.

Didn’t see that coming, didja?

This little one-act play has a message: please, save Halloween from the Christian Right. Do it for Susie.

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Posted on October 31, 2007, in The real world, Web and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

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