Wednesday, December 12, 2007

A Little Holiday Tree-tment

Things are getting tense with the end of the semester coming up, but I think my fellow teachers are handling it well. They seem to steady their nerves by mocking the holiday display in the main hallway. It features a Christmas tree with ornaments on it. Not only that, but in an attempt to be inclusive, some of the ornaments are symbols of other December holidays celebrated in different cultures. There are dradles, kinaras and such.

I can appreciate the effort of the school, but I’m not too sure of the message. A great big symbol of Anglo-Saxon heritage accessorized with other cultures doesn’t exactly scream melting pot, especially when other ornaments featured are a Garfield in a sleigh that has Bah Humbug written on the side and a Power Ranger wearing a Santa hat.

Where was I? Ah, the teachers—They have recognized the efforts of the tree might need some jazzing up and in the workroom they have been compiling a list of how to reference the tree depending on one’s background. So far we have:

Chanukah Bush
Ramadan Sapling
Omisaka Wood
Equinox Shrub
Fiesta of Our Lady of Guadalupe Timber
Festivus Pole

Tell me what you guys got.

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