Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

All Together Now, Once a Jolly Santa ... There Have Been Attempts to {lsquo}Australianise' Christmas with Varying Success but While We Can Relate to Images of Santa in Boardies, We Want to See the Man in Red Doing His Bit in the Snow

Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

All Together Now, Once a Jolly Santa ... There Have Been Attempts to {lsquo}Australianise' Christmas with Varying Success but While We Can Relate to Images of Santa in Boardies, We Want to See the Man in Red Doing His Bit in the Snow

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Byline: THURSDAY With Bob Anthony

I'M going to put myself at risk and wish everyone a "Merry Christmas".

Yes the humble and, I might add, traditional greeting for Australians at this time of the year is under constant threat thanks to the "political correctness police" who are trying to have us wish everyone "happy holidays" instead.

Bah humbug to that!

The Americans are already heading down that path but why should we?

It's the age-old argument that "when in Rome ..." and for the vast majority of Australians, old or new, Christmas is a special time which should be celebrated.

It amused me to hear that there is a concerted push to change the way we celebrate this time of the year so as not to offend those who don't.

Yet having read that, I have noticed that people from other cultures who now consider themselves Australians also enjoy getting into the Christmas spirit, whether they honour the religious meaning of the occasion or not.

Christmas, sadly, is more about consumerism than Christianity and that doesn't look like changing any time in the next millennium.

If you look at how we celebrate Yuletide Downunder it's a bit of joke anyway, especially when we have scenes depicting snow, sleighs and reindeer.

As for those carols ... let's be realistic because I have never seen holly nor have I ever been dashing through the snow in a one-horse open sleigh.

I don't even know where I could find one even if I wanted to!

There have been manyattempts to "Australianise" Christmas with varying degrees of success but while we can relate to images of Santa in boardies, we still want to see the man in red doing his thing in the snow.

The bottom line is that this time of the year is really about children (both big and little) and a spirit of sharing, regardless of your religious or cultural background. …

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