A letter writer laments the over-emphasis on material things during the holidays.

The meaning of the season

Stop encouraging children to worship The Little Red Dwarf and his merry consumption message.

In February, forests are felled to making romantic Valentines for underage classmates; in March/April, veneration of the male, egg-laying bunny; in May, another forest is sacrificed for the only day we are prepared to recognize the work done by mothers; then the summer pilgrimage to a talking mouse; in October reverence of turkeys, pumpkins, candies and the spooky world; November in making poppies, not peace; in December teaching songs/stories of praise/worship of a little red dwarf breaking/entering.

Surely, we can do something more meaningful with the lives and minds of our children?

During my 40-year education career, not one student has known the origins of the multitude of global celebrations of “light” in December.

The word “solstice” comes as a surprise to most teachers.

However, no one ever has trouble discussing the stuff they wanted, were tired of shopping for, were hoping not to get…

I am exhausted by being asked about shopping, hearing complaints of stress due to shopping and family demands, and then being told how this a season of peace and love.

If this is truly a season of peace and love, then stop encouraging children to worship The Little Red Dwarf and his merry consumption message.

Teach them that this a time to celebrate return of “light,” so that food plants may re-grow and our spirits may enlarge to encompass all beings.

Make Jesus proud. Show him that he did not die in vain to be replaced by idol worship of “stuff.”


Pummy Kaur, Director,

The Global Education Center

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