Letter: Holiday songs part of culture

November 18, 2013 

The “holiday” season is coming and the ASD is getting ready to begin working with students for their “holiday” concerts. I attended Baxter Elementary School’s concert last year and was very disappointed that not one traditional “Christmas” song was in the program. Christmas and its traditional songs, which the majority of us grew up hearing, are part of our culture whether you are Caucasian, African-American, Hispanic, Christian or atheist. In our effort for cultural diversification we have perhaps forgotten that Christmas is part of our culture. Christmas is recognized and celebrated by businesses, governments and schools by closing Dec. 25.

I would like at least a few traditional songs such as “Silent Night,” “Away in the Manger,” etc., to be included in the program. Christmas songs are also a part of our culture. If we can’t celebrate Christmas, perhaps we should eliminate the holiday entirely because it would then be a meaningless period of time.

— Penny Rohacek

Anchorage 

 

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