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The Grinch who Stole our Christmas Party

By 23 September 2011 74

Who thinks it fair and equitable that after many, many years of successful, fun and safe Christmas Partying, our Govt Dept Executives have now banned our Dept. Christmas Party, to be replaced with an End of Year party?

At this gathering there will be no Christmas decorations, no Santa, no carols, no bons bons, no plum pudding, no roast turkey and ham, no pavlova. No Christmas hats, bobbly earrings or Santa adorned t-shirts. In short, no Christmas festivities at all.

Oh, you can have your party, even hold it in the Christmas festive season, just don’t say it’s for Christmas. Lest someone who doesn’t celebrate Christmas feels unwelcome, and unable to end the year at a party with their workmates, put on by their Social Club. And we won’t tell you you can’t call it a Christmas Party until right at the last minute of organisation. And by the way, you have absolutely no say in the matter, as on the complaining of a few who don’t want a “Christmas Party”, we’ve made our final decision.

ED – Berraboy also sent in this view of this tale. Can anyone name the department?

A good friend of mine is ranting furiously this evening about her department’s decision to  name their Christmas party the ‘End of Year Event’, thereby removing any reference to Christmas.  A few inquiries about this today turned up a curious bit of information that the re-naming is due to a number of complaints from a few people who  didn’t feel welcome to attend as they don’t celebrate Christmas.   As a result, the whole party will now be non-denominational.

While urban legends on such issues abound, these are mainly centred on similar decisions in the US or UK.  This is the first time I’ve heard such a story in Australia, let alone Canberra.  Personally, I’m torn on the issue.  While I love multiculturalism and the positive benefits it has brought us, I also believe that those who come here and enjoy all we have to share should accept us for who we are… customs, holidays, yeast based food products and all.

While a large part of me feels like emulating  William Wallace by throwing on a kilt, painting half of my face blue and joining an anti-PC horde shouting “they may take my fireworks, but they will not take my Christmas!”, another part of me thinks maybe we should just suck it up.

So, dear Rioters, is this turning our back on ‘Christmas’ a fair thing or simply PC gone mad?  Should we adjust our holidays to suit the views of those in the minority or should we be more inclusive?

I await your thoughts.

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74 Responses to The Grinch who Stole our Christmas Party
#1
Erg010:17 am, 23 Sep 11

Once the complaints are made, management doesn’t really have the option of telling objectors to “suck it up”. We’re a secular society, and Christmas is still a Christian tradition (recent commercialisation notwithstanding) – something’s gotta give.

#2
s-s-a10:19 am, 23 Sep 11

Talk about completely OTT!! I don’t celebrate Christmas, but I still go to work Xmas parties because they are a chance to enjoy a nice meal, some drinks, and time socialising with my colleagues (and sometimes families, depending on workplace). I don’t really care what they are called.

#3
FoMoCo10:24 am, 23 Sep 11

And down the slope we start… wont be long before they ban shopping malls/centres from displaying xmas decorations because it makes people feel un-welcome!!!!

#4
Holden Caulfield10:29 am, 23 Sep 11

Christmas is only for a man and a woman.

#5
djk10:31 am, 23 Sep 11

I would have just called it an “Xmas Party”, thereby removing any reference to Christ/Christianity. Or a Festivus Party.

Personally I couldn’t really care what it is called, it is just an end of year piss-up in reality and I would have thought most people are smart or mature enough to realise that regardless of the name.

Maybe they should ban alcohol and meat at these Festivus parties so that people that don’t drink or eat meat don’t feel unwelcome? Perhaps just make it a Breathing Party so that no (living) person is excluded??

#6
Palifox10:37 am, 23 Sep 11

Hmm I didn’t notice any particular absence of Hindus or Sikhs at the last Christmas bash. I also saw plenty of non-Hindus at the Diwali party last year. Some of us even tried our feet at an Indian dance.

#7
Erg010:55 am, 23 Sep 11

FoMoCo said :

And down the slope we start… wont be long before they ban shopping malls/centres from displaying xmas decorations because it makes people feel un-welcome!!!!

The semantically-minded (e.g. me) will already have noticed that the word “Christmas” has been progressively replaced by “Holiday” and/or “Season” in major retailers’ advertising and promotional material over the last few years. You also won’t hear many (if any) religious-themed songs playing over shopping centre P.A. systems these days. It seems that they’re already self-policing on this point, to an extent.

#8
Bluey10:55 am, 23 Sep 11

What PC bollocks.

Next people will be sued for carroling in public for offending someones sensitivities…

#9
qbngeek11:17 am, 23 Sep 11

As a gamer, a geek and a stout anti-religionist (that what I am calling it, just need to apply for tax-exempt status now) within my household and among my friends we celebrate Winter-een-mas.

At Xmas we get together with family and friends but there is no Baby Jeebus or any religion involved. Someone always tries to bring it up but it is quickly stopped before I get started on how much of a cock God is.

#10
jessieduck11:18 am, 23 Sep 11

So… you still get a party but you’re upset you don’t get to wear your s***ty Santa t-shirt. Boohoo.

Australia has a Christian heritage but we are now a secular society so a workplace gathering should be accommodating to everyone.

#11
YetAnotherBlowIn11:22 am, 23 Sep 11

While my personal preference for this time of year is steal The Simpsons line “Have a merry Christmas, happy Chanukah, kwazy Kwanza, a tip-top Tet, and a solemn, dignified Ramadan” or to go around and wish everyone a happy hijacked pagan festival, why not call it what it is:
The Annual End Of Calendar Year Company Catered Gathering Designed To Foster Of A Sense Of Camaraderie And To Give The Impression That Management Cares About The Plebs While At The Same Time Making Up For The Poor Office Environment and Unpaid Overtime And/Or Extra Duties Provided By Employees Over The Last Twelve Months, In Which Employees Are Plied With Alcohol And Left Likely To Do Or Say Something That Will Follow Them For The Rest Of Their Time In The Organisation And Possibly Beyond

Or have a Summer Solstice/Midsummer’s Day celebration and light a bonfire in the middle of your office/venue…

It doesn’t have to be a restriction, it can be an opportunity

#12
BlackIce11:28 am, 23 Sep 11

Call it the “Yule party”, and reclaim the holiday from those thieving Christians!

#13
braddonboy11:32 am, 23 Sep 11

Good news…the sooner we get rid of the outward trappings of the nonsense that is now Christmas the better.

#14
trevar11:34 am, 23 Sep 11

This isn’t about multiculturalism; it’s anticulturalism. It is clearly an attempt to deny the cultural origin of these celebrations that occur at the end of the year. No one has to be a Christian to celebrate Christmas; that has never been a part of any Christmas tradition I’ve ever encountered. This is actually a bit worse than just ‘PC gone mad; it’s actively exclusivist.

#15
Mysteryman11:37 am, 23 Sep 11

This really make me mad. You don’t like what the Christmas party? Don’t attend. But don’t ruin it for those who enjoy it and want to celebrate because it’s Christmas.

#16
harvyk111:48 am, 23 Sep 11

I was at first going to make a smart arse remark about making it an “offend everyone” party… But come to think about it why not have a Christmas party, and at the end of Ramadan celebrate the Feast of Ramadan, and celebrate Chanukah (although that usually coincides with Christmas) and basically enjoy multiculturalism…

Last time I check multiculturalism was a celebration of different cultures, not one culture stating they are offended at the status quo culture and forcing change, and I’ll define that further and state that it’s not even one culture but a small group of arseholes who don’t identify with the status quo and thus want to ruin it for everybody else.

#17
Jim Jones12:01 pm, 23 Sep 11

I’d be interested to see precisely what substance there is to these posts. Most of the time when people bang on about this sort of “PC GONE MAD” thing, it ends up that the actual changes are pretty innocuous and the whole thing is a beat up (the Daily Mail in the UK and our own Terrorgraph have a history of beat ups – not to mention straight-up lying – on this issue).

How does removing the word Christmas and replacing it with ‘End of Year’ (which is a bit of nothing), for example, accord with “no plum pudding, no roast turkey and ham, no pavlova”. Are people *really* going to be barred from wearing crappy Christmas clothes and jewelry?

Probably not.

#18
john87_no112:17 pm, 23 Sep 11

BlackIce said :

Call it the “Yule party”, and reclaim the holiday from those thieving Christians!

+1

#19
knuckles12:24 pm, 23 Sep 11

FoMoCo said :

And down the slope we start… wont be long before they ban shopping malls/centres from displaying xmas decorations because it makes people feel un-welcome!!!!

As long as they stop playing Christmas Carols in the malls I’ll support the ban.

#20
p112:58 pm, 23 Sep 11

Just tell them that you are not celebrating the Christian traditional observation of the Birth of Baby Jebus (which is clearly religion specific), but rather that you are celebrating the up coming Christmas Day Public Holiday, which is a government specified public holiday which everyone gets regardless of religious affiliation (or lack of it). Celebrating this holiday is clearly a secular thing, since it is controlled by the government. Just like marriage.

#21
bigcohuna11:05 pm, 23 Sep 11

Our end of year event is called a Christmas Party by our employer.

Decorations, Tree & Santa. Even a nativity scene. Then there is the fact that the people who don’t like Christmas or the word or the connotation or the whatever, are still welcome. its the silly season.

Only on the grounds that all are there for Socialising not socialism. or any ism for that fact. It’s a Christmas Party, at Christmas time. get a grip.

So Party, have a great time, and Santa gifts for the kids (big and small) and food (yes dietary requirements are looked after unless vegetarian by choice – that’s your problem) and if you want to object, then our managers will happily listen to your complaints. Then as a well informed and conscious descision making adult, you end up with 3 choices, 1) if you choose to participate you may continue to join the festivities, but are politely asked to keep your disturbing misguided and self centred ideology to yourself, or 2) you can sit back and be the only one who does not get a gift from Santa, and that includes your kids since you said you dont want them to participate because you were thinking of yourself not them, (and any religious nuts can shut up too), or 3) eFF.off ! get back to work, and the boss will probably task you to the most menial sh*t shovelling thing he can find, just to make sure you can justify your ars%h@le attitude in the first place.

We’ve never had a problem here with Christmas parties, and we will continue to have a Christmas party.

Merry Christmas 2011

#22
Mothy1:07 pm, 23 Sep 11

Meanwhile back in Victoria.

Be glad you’re still getting an end of year party.

#23
johnboy1:09 pm, 23 Sep 11

as a non-practicing but still self-identifying Christian I’m all for the secularists getting the tanks off the lawn.

That is I’d love to see non-christians stop carrying on about it.

#24
Thumper1:24 pm, 23 Sep 11

I’m completely agnostic and I have no trouble with thus called ‘Christmas parties.’

#25
ozzieme1:32 pm, 23 Sep 11

Well bollocks I say. We have to conform to traditions etc etc if we were in other countries and not to mention we also have to conform to that particular way of life. I think Australia is becoming increasingly “weak” and allowing our own traditions be shoved out of society just to please other religions. Yes I understand we are a multicultural society but really, why do our tradititions have to be stamped out to “please” our new migrants/citizens????? Also this particular government department is also given those an extra 4 days to have “religous” time off anyway. Bah Humbug any wonder there is so much rasism out there and to think our kids are not going to know what a tradition is by the time they grow up.

Christmas parties have been going on foreva, its not like the staff are asking you to come dressed for the ocassion but to have fun and celebrate good times, those that have the traditions are going to party in the name of it anyway.

#26
Primal1:34 pm, 23 Sep 11

Christmas in the modern age is two events rolled into: a Christian celebration and a secular celebration. Anyone who cannot quietly decide which one they personally are going to celebrate and just go about doing it is a freakin’ idiot.

And if you really are required to have this discussion at work, just get them to make a distinction on the invitations:

“PLEASE NOTE: This is a Christmas (Santa Claus-Reindeer-fa-la-la-la-la) Party, not a Christmas (Baby Jesus-Wise Men-Myrrh) Party.”

#27
SR1:50 pm, 23 Sep 11

Alas, ’tis true….. the name part at least, I haven’t been involved in the politicing about the name. It’s advertised on our internal network as the ‘End of Year Party’, and the accompanying festive illustration is quite neutral – to the extent that it looks like something for a kids birthday party.

Not that any previous christmas parties were ever even slightly religious…… apart from the derivation of the name.

Maybe we should vote with our feet and organise a un-pc christmas party at our other nearby venue :)

S

#28
ozzieme1:56 pm, 23 Sep 11

I agree with SR, we should be standing for the right to celebrate and do it elsewhere, make a stand, make it public, be amongst the first gov departments to make a standing point of PC.

#29
Grail1:58 pm, 23 Sep 11

If you don’t want us to call it Christmas, we could just cancel the holiday that has been set up to celebrate it, y’know?

#30
Jim Jones1:58 pm, 23 Sep 11

SR said :

Alas, ’tis true….. the name part at least, I haven’t been involved in the politicing about the name. It’s advertised on our internal network as the ‘End of Year Party’, and the accompanying festive illustration is quite neutral – to the extent that it looks like something for a kids birthday party.

Not that any previous christmas parties were ever even slightly religious…… apart from the derivation of the name.

Maybe we should vote with our feet and organise a un-pc christmas party at our other nearby venue :)

S

If it’s only the name that has changed, who cares?

Are there any more substantial changes?

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