Happy Orange & Black Spirit Day!

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There’s a part of me that believes that by attempting to include everyone in our Halloween celebrations by calling it something else, we are also sort of segregating them. ¬†We’ve all heard about Holiday Trees by now, and surely we’ve heard or even some of us given a rant or two about them. ¬†I am not a big Christmas fan until about the week of, because I work with the public and I see the gruesome commercial side of it (which ironically is my living, but try getting a job in my field in this town, I dare you; not happening). ¬†People are rude, angry, stressed, bitter, and once in a while sweet as pie when they Christmas shop. ¬†It’s a spiral of misery until that bright and hopefully snowy morning when you find out if what you’ve purchased for your loved ones measures up to what they bought you. ¬†C’est la holiday vie.

But this rant isn’t about Christmas commercialism. ¬†It’s about the trick( or treat?)le-down effect of political correctness. ¬†Having read something by Ben Stein the other day which was slightly preachy but the majority of it rang very true with me, I realized something. ¬†Segregation is still very apparent in North America, even if it’s “just” in the form of jokes in poor taste. ¬†Those go a long way to shape the beliefs of people.

So onward to my point, yes?

On one of my many trips to the dollar store this past weekend, I overheard a girl saying to her mother, “Oh, and I have Orange & Black Spirit Day on Monday!” ¬†Nope, not Halloween, kids. ¬†No Halloween at that school, but there is a day for kids to dress up exactly like it is Halloween and impress whoever this supposed Orange & Black Spirit is, which I’m guessing the Jehovah’s Witness kids still won’t take part in because it’s rather transparent that it’s still celebrating something their values are against. ¬†Why dress it up as something else? (Because it’s Halloween? ¬†Eh? ¬†Eh?) ¬†It’s October 31st. ¬†Kids are going to be trick-or-treating later that evening, and the obvious colours associated with Halloween are orange and black. ¬†And if in my core, my values stand against those of Halloween, I am probably also against Orange & Black Spirit day, so this does nothing to include me whatsoever. ¬†Thus, segregation. ¬†Still present. ¬†Either celebrate Halloween or treat it like a regular day at school. ¬†It does little for fun for those who do celebrate, and I guess it’s still segregating the kids who do love Halloween… but ugh! ¬†It’s all just so frustrating. ¬†Let the kids who don’t celebrate have a nice day off school then without reprimand? ¬†There’s an idea.

Or maybe it’s just a really great idea. ¬†At any rate. ¬†Happy Halloween, and if you don’t celebrate it, please do your best to ignore my post and have a wonderfully unspooky day.

About Nikki

I've been writing since I was in kindergarten where I Crayola-markered an epic tale of a tiger and a balloon on a stack of lined papers folded into a booklet and stapled along the edge (carefully, and by my teacher). I love DIY, sewing, folksy music, animals and getting out to look at and listen to nature.
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