Nothing ruins the holiday spirit more like political correctness!

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There seems to be a story like this every year...

Shopping Mall Santas have been told this year that they can no longer say "Ho, Ho, Ho!". It has become a concern that this phrase will scare small children and be potentially offensive to women.
The Santas are being told to say "Ha, Ha, Ha!" instead.

Sorry, don't have a link. I heard this on the radio.
A little known fact is that in the original screenplay, Pan's Labyrinth was Pan's FLAByrinth. Hmmmmmmm...glad they changed it.
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I am frequently speechless, but this took my breath away.

Offensive to women?

I have no words.
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*facepalm* I needed a good laugh. What will they do next??
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Bull. I worked as a Santa briefly nearly 30 years ago. I was told then not to say "Ho Ho Ho" because it's loud and scares kids. This was long before "Ho" meant anything other than a garden implement.
No good can possibly come from using this vast wasteland of error and deliberate deceit. You should get off of it and warn others away. You should make sure your children and grandchildren know what a corrupt and morally bankrupt institution it truly is.
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"*facepalm* I needed a good laugh. What will they do next??"

Ban Christmas altogether.
A little known fact is that in the original screenplay, Pan's Labyrinth was Pan's FLAByrinth. Hmmmmmmm...glad they changed it.
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LOL!
I can jsut see some skank walking by Santa and getting all up in his face with "what did you call me? Oh no you dittint!".

....but the world goes 'round
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They are also not allowing Santa to put kids on his lap, hug them or touch them in any way.
PEACE.
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I'd say that we should "put the Christ back in Christmas" like the good little Catholic boy I (almost) once was, but then I got a mental picture of a Catholic priest bouncing a little kid on his knee...
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Yes, we DO need to put the Christ back in Christmas. So I say, "Jesus CHRIST! What the Fvck happened to Christmas?"
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Oh my word! Are they really kidding? Christmas is no longer how it once was. Santa Clause is suppose to be a symbol of joy and love for the children of the world. He brings happiness for the one day of the year that we all used to love. I do hope this isn't true, otherwise these people who feel the need to make this change have sad lives.
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I think we we should also have thin Santa's. The image of the fat, jolly man who wants children to leave out sugar cookies for him promotes an unhealthly lifestyle.

While we're at it, we should be questioning these elves that make the toys. Are they all adults that are being paid a fair wage? Are there any child labor laws being violated? Being in the North pole, are they perhaps working for pennies a day in a sweat shop?

I wonder if PETA has investigated the treatment of the reigndeer. It seems wrong that they are forced to work all night long without a break, pulling a sled weighed down with presents.
What would Tina Yothers do?
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Who cares about reindeer? They're just gonna be run down by someone's boyfriend who's distracted by some other guy's head in his lap anyway.
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Oooh snap!
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OK Tazber, your first comment just made me laugh first thing this morning!!
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Ida -
the Yahoo homepage is featuring the 'ho ho ho' story ALONG WITH a video story about Santas being urged to slim down. I'm sure a story about the elves will be forthcoming.
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re: Nothing ruins the holiday spirit more like political correctness!
....but the world goes 'round
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We should just cancel Christmas like they did in the 1400s (for nearly 200 years).

It's just too dangerous and offensive.
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This is in Sydney, Austrailia, by the way, not the US.


At least in the article I read today
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how is anyone going to relate to all those holiday movies if they never hear Santa say "ho ho ho" and then feel uncomfortable when he puts you in his lap? that's ruining the art of Christmas past!
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My husband was telling me last night about the recent push to get Santas to slim down. I don't know who decided this one, but what do they imagine is going on in American households?

Mom: No, Timmy. You can't have ice cream for dinner. Eat your vegtables.
Timmy: But, Mooooom, I wanna be like Santa!
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Eh, the hohoho thing was always creepy to me anyway. And with the meaning of the word changing, it makes perfect sense.
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Last year's mall Santa (yes, he's back all ready) had a high-backed chair. This year, he has a three-seater couch.
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There was a stink at SeaTac airport last year because they had Christmas Trees (a pagan symbol, btw) and no Menoras. So this year SeaTac has some generic "winter" decorations. Talk about bah humbug!
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This is me - about 83 years ago: re: Nothing ruins the holiday spirit more like political correctness!

As you can see from that look of pure joy on my face, the jolly old elf in the red suit SCARED ME TO DEATH! My mom and dad kept saying how much I would love him and how lucky I was to go and see Santa, so I didn't cry and I held very still and I hoped and prayed that it would be over quickly. But I didn't love it.

So - I can't help thinking that getting him down to something resembling human size and knocking off the deep, booming "HO HO HO's" is all right. (sorry)
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I left martinis for Santa. None of that unhealthy cookie and milk sh*t in my house.
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