I’d like to argue false equivalency here. Just because you know Jews who celebrate Christmas doesn’t mean that all Jews (or Hindus or Muslims or whatever) celebrate Christmas. I agree that holidays have their place no matter what faith or nationality. I don’t think it’s fair that you judge a group of people who are sensitive to the needs of their communities as “extreme” in political correctness. Christmas is a national holiday, but should it be? In its essence, it is a Christian holiday. It’s commercialism is a result of Capitalism which is an American value, not a Christian one. As a non-Christian, I also celebrate Christmas. I don’t feel like I should be forcing others to do so at a weekly storytime. I’m not censoring myself or anyone. I have a level of appropriateness that is different from yours, perhaps. I certainly wouldn’t stop anyone from checking out the Joanna Cole book you mentioned (though I find your description of it “showing children different sexual positions a bit off). I would let them make that choice. So having a Christmas or Hannukah or Kwanzaa storytime, advertised as such and scheduled at a different time than our regularly scheduled program, is something I choose to do so people could choose to come or not to come.
Be careful throwing around judgments via your work email. It comes across as smug and unprofessional.
Best movies of the year. 1/5
Jean Cocteau’s Beauty and the Beast. He’s one of the director’s I’ve become obsessed with this year. It’s gorgeous and haunting. I fell in love!
Portraits from Philippe Halsman’s Jump series
"Starting in the early 1950s I asked every famous or important person I photographed to jump for me. I was motivated by a genuine curiosity. After all, life has taught us to control and disguise our facial expressions, but it has not taught us to control our jumps. I wanted to see famous people reveal in a jump their ambition or their lack of it, their self-importance or their insecurity, and many other traits."
First row: Anthony Perkins, Ava Gardner, William Holden
Second Row: Eartha Kitt, Danny Kaye, Eva Marie Saint
Third Row: Donald O’Connor, Kim Novak, Harold Lloyd
Fourth Row: Marilyn Monroe, Maurice Chevalier, Lena Horne
Fifth Row: Groucho Marx, Grace Kelly, Ray Bolger
Sixth Row: Sophia Loren, Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis, Audrey Hepburn