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Remember when celebrating Christmas meant unabashedly revelling in Australia’s happiest time of the year? There’d be tinsel on every corner, carols in every shop and spirit aplenty.

Now it feels like Christmas festivities must be kept to a minimum, just to avoid ruffling any feathers.

Indeed, when a shopping centre in New York recently unveiled its woeful “Santa’s sleigh” that more closely resembled a blank spaceship, American shoppers were up in arms.

“Santa comes along with a decorated tree; he doesn’t come with a spaceship,” said local shopper Maria Lovdahl.


“They (centre management) said it was because people were offended by the traditional Christmas display, and they had gotten comments in prior years,” Ms Lovdahl added.

Shoppers were being charged anywhere between $25 to 60 for portraits with Santa Claus, but now many people are boycotting the centre altogether.

“People who answered the phone (at the centre) actually said, in order not to offend anyone, they were simplying the Christmas display,” confirmed another shopper Caren Toal.

Now a similar situation is underway at home in Australia, thanks to Hobart’s “sad, modern” Christmas tree.

Hobart City Council’s pine tree in Salamanca Square is normally a local icon, decorated in tinsel, fairy lights and traditional Christmas decorations.

This year it’s a much more sterile affair, with the Council claiming to have invested tens of thousands into a “modern, state of the art” tree.

However, the public reception has hardly been positive, with many people claiming the LED tree is too apologetic.

“How much longer are Australians going to put up with this politically correct ratbaggery?  Thirty four thousand dollars,” lamented Facebook user Robert Miers.

The cost involved is shocking, but what’s worse is the tree doesn’t seem to have much Christmas spirit.

“Why couldn’t we have a nice traditional tree?  Children will walk past this and not even know it’s a Christmas tree,” commented Angela Williams.

“Even a Kmart plastic tree would be better than that travesty,” added Julie Bunting.

Adding to the PC debate, last week the Victorian education department ruled that whilst Christmas carols can continue to be sung in classrooms, religious hymns cannot.

The ruling has been described as “ambiguous and confusing,” by chaplaincy organisation, Access Ministries.

Their spokesperson Rob Ward asked, “when we sing a Christmas carol, often that is based on a biblical story.  Do you need permission to sing a Christmas carol?”

Either way, it seems that Christmas celebrations are becoming increasingly perplexed, both in Australia and abroad.

What do you think – has political correctness surrounding Christmas gone too far?

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  1. Without doubt someone was a skimming off the top for the Christmas Tree in Hobart. $35 thousand is way to much, just at a guess there looks to me to be $2 thousand worth of material..if that..it is an ugly monstrosity

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  2. We all should embrace the new things in life, sometimes the old way are not better. But that sad looking Christmas tree in Hobart should be consigned to the dust bin of life, with a sign saying FAILED EXPERIMENT NEVER REPEAT, attached to it

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    • Libbi I welcome with open arms people from all over the world, however I don’t believe it should be at the demise of our own traditions and belief’s.

    • Decorate, decorate, decorate it this year. Get a better one next year. Like the good old days, when we were young.

    • I don’t think this about changing traditions, if it was, it would not be an ugly Christmas Tree they put there..it would a Budda or a Menorah or whatever it is Muslim people worship, this is about them trying to cost cut and failing

  3. I’m sorry but that pathetic so called tree looks like it needs a passionfruit vine growing over it. Our traditions and belief’s have been shunned so not to offend, WELL THAT SURE AS HELL OFFENDS ME. When I travel I’m expected to have RESPECT for the land and its people of that country, yet we are expected to just ROLL OVER and it’s not by other nationals, it’s our own bloody POLITICIANS.

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  4. Well said Trish. It is Government and big business who is causing the trouble in this country. Get back to our grass roots and get over yourself. I surprise they have to be seen to be doing something to justify there big wages.

  5. Sick of this every year and why shouldn’t we have our traditions? I have no problem with anyone else’s celebrations. Also I always thought that Christmas carols were the religious hymns and the others were just Christmas songs.

  6. Can I just say I have never had any person of any race tell me I can’t celebrate Xmas the way I always have.I know people of all Faiths and none of them have ever said any part of Christmas celebrations offend them.

  7. I will continue to talk about all things Australian to my family and others and will not kow-tow to the PC brigade regardless of who is offended. I agree with the previous comment about the Hobart tree, the cost is beyond my comprehension.

  8. Nooo! a Christmas tree has to be a CHRISTMAS tree. It has ‘evolved’ out of lots of different concepts. Let it keep evolving but let’s not destroy it. If it offends then there is time for discussion not destruction. When discussion is over, then on we go and decorate our tree with MORE tinsel. Ho Ho Ho! This is Australia, enjoy our traditions.

  9. If I lived in a Muslim country, I would expect a full bodied celebration of every Muslim holiday. If I lived in a Hindu country I would expect Hindu celebrations. Perhaps the problem in Australia is that we no longer live in a Christian country, so Christian celebrations are no longer appropriate.
    Let’s cut out Easter, Christmas, and also the Yankee Thanksgiving and Halloween. Then there won’t be a problem. Instead let’s celebrate Anzac Day, Invasion Day, Australia Day and local holidays.

  10. This is a crock perpetrated by feeble minded sycophants with no moral fibre.

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