How on earth can ethnic minorities find Christmas offensive?

James Bond
3 min readNov 30, 2023
Photo by Clint Patterson on Unsplash

It's 30th November. It’s that time of year again. Tomorrow is 1st December- the month of Christmas.

It’s that time of year when people say that Christmas is offensive to ethnic minorities. Indeed I always laugh when people say happy holidays to me and I say happy Christmas back. I have to tell them that I don’t find Christmas offensive. Indeed, a few days ago someone asked Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau if Christmas was racist. (1.)

During lockdown, senior civil servants tried to advise the government not to use the term Christmas (2.)

I have one question for those think tanks to pose such questions.

How on earth can anyone say that ethnic minorities find Christmas offensive? We don’t find Christmas offensive (3.) In many denominations of Hinduism, it is believed that Jesus Christ is a reincarnation of Lord Vishnu. How on earth would they find Christmas offensive? In Islam, Jesus Christ is a very important prophet.

Let’s consider a few facts.

In the UK a lot of taxi drivers are of Middle Eastern and Pakistani background.

Again, in the UK a lot of takeaways are run by people of Middle Eastern and Pakistani background.

The same applies to restaurants. With Christmas parties and work Christmas events they make a fortune.

All of the above make more money between 30th November and 2nd January than the rest of the year combined. Do you honestly think they find Christmas offensive?

Now consider corner shops and mini markets. One of my former personal training clients is a Sikh gentleman with 3 mini markets. He has an alcohol license. He makes more money in alcohol sales between 30th November and 2nd January than the rest of the year combined. Do you think he and his family find Christmas offensive?

Lastly, consider locum and casual workers. Last year on Christmas Eve a relative of mine went into hospital…

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