I was thinking…
What’s wrong with this picture:
Our good friend went to the bank today. That’s not news in itself, but she shared on Facebook that her bank had no decorations. No Christmas decorations, no Hanukkah decorations, nothing for Kwanzaa, not even any generic “cooler-weather-have-a-nice-day” decorations.
Astonished by the barren emptiness of the bank (but not as concerned as she might have been had the bank been empty of cash), our friend asked why.
The teller answered that the order came “from on high” while pointing at the ceiling and rolling his eyes. As a side note, I’m thinking it’s safe to assume you should not take “on high” in a Judeo-Christian sense. The ruling was “no decorations at all for any season” and the reason was “we don’t want to offend anyone.”
How considerate! This bank really cares! Well, never mind those of us who might be offended, or at least taken aback, by stripping our calendar and environs of all evidence that we have history and culture, seasons and celebrations. 70% of retail sales occur during this season because of Christmas. You’d think the bank would at least want to acknowledge that the bulk of their customers’ credit card purchases were being made because of some kind of “season.”
We’re not talking about an atheist being visually assaulted by a manger scene. No one worries if Christians are offended by Santa or Target ads which presume to represent the spirit of Christmas, but that’s another story. No, the bank is avoiding the serious faux pas of offending a customer with snow, holly berries and jingle bells!
But here’s my question: What is so offensive about an evergreen wreath or (gasp) a red bow, that some poor soul would be “offended”? And for that matter, what part of being wished a “Merry Christmas” would actually ruin someone’s day?
I do not celebrate Hanukkah, but blue lights don’t bother me, and I certainly would not be offended if a Jewish friend wished me a Happy Hanukkah. Happy is nice. I like to be happy, and anyone who wishes that on me, if only for a season, is welcome to do so. Even if they do it because of an event which is meaningful in their religion.
Seems to me that our atheist friends, and whoever else the bank is trying to avoid offending, are a little touchy. Perhaps they need a faith (lack of faith, in this case) or a worldview which provides them with a little more self confidence and inner strength.
Merry Christmas, everyone!
It’s a special time of year, even if your bank is afraid to admit it.