Last Sunday's Auckland Santa parade was notable for one thing only, the absence of Falun Gong. Despite posturing from Peter Dunn over this, the real questions that should arise are: What connection does Falun Gong have with "Santa" and why are there "Santa" parades in late November in the first place.
"Santa" is just a grotesque caricature of Saint Nicholas who is commemorated on December the 6th, close enough to Christmas for him to have become wrapped up in all the tinsel and dross. A "Santa" parade closer to or on that date would make more sense I suppose, although I am sure the organizers would still go to great lengths to whitewash over the origins of the celebration.
It does seem the Christmas season is getting longer every year and absorbing more and more trash as it goes.
And as it does the professional grievance mongers find ever more trivial reasons to take offense.
And here is the latest. The University of Missouri has decided to take down a twenty foot high artificial Christmas tree after a Professor complained.
Are you ready for a laugh.
The University of Missouri has a diversity commission and of the chairs of that august body thinks removing the tree is a good thing because "It’s about being more inclusive".
I must be exceptionally stupid because for the life of me I cannot see how a twenty foot high plastic tree "excludes" anybody. When it comes down to it what is a plastic tree anyway? Nothing, meaningless, empty and ephemeral.
Still we can expect a lot more of the same over the next four weeks. Come the 26th of December it will all be over for another year.
I don't really like Christmas very much anymore although I still celebrate the Feast of the Nativity of Christ joyfully with those I love.
And I wouldn't be at all surprised if the real reason for all the Christmas nonsense is that for a lot of people that the Nativity of Christ is the very last thing they want to see anybody celebrate.