Thursday, December 06, 2007

Roger Daltrey's Generation want their Christmas Back.

Thanks to Ruth Gledhill for the pointer to this article about a survey of 10,000 Saga generation and their resistance to the removal of Christ from Christmas. (Ruth's post makes interesting reading in the light of my last posting, as it's about the death threats given to a UK imams daughter for converting to Christianity)

Here's an extract

The Saga Populus panel, the largest panel of over 50s in the UK, found widespread concerns that some modern Christmas practises are too "politically correct".

The biggest complaint was replacing "Christmas" lights with "winter" lights by local authorities, with 85 per cent protesting. The practice of replacing nativity plays with non-religious performances was described as the second greatest over-reaction to multiculturalism by 84 per cent of those polled.

Eight in ten were upset that some companies have banned Christmas decorations and some schools have banned children from sending Christmas cards.

Sending cards saying "Seasons Greetings" or "Happy holidays" rather than references to Christmas was seen as the most reasonable of modern practices, however, and more than one in five described non-religious Christmas card messages as a "sad but accurate" reflection of modern Christmas.

Unfortunatly, there's no link on the Saga site to this poll, so it's hard to check on the facts behind the commentary. It's even more sobering to think that in just over 11 years they'll be polling me. Run awaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay!

Update: The following day, I got a circular from SAGA in the post. Is someone out there having a laugh?

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