Sure, Dec. 25 is just 18 days away. But except for a brief flash of "Merry Christmas" on Wheels Bus No. 12 that I saw Monday, the word "Christmas" seems to have metastasized into "Holiday," "Season's Greetings" or nothing at all. Last Saturday, the once fabled Pleasanton Christmas Parade was the Hometown Holiday Parade. Marching units celebrated "the holiday." Even the Pleasanton Weekly convertible carrying our President Gina Channel-Allen and me boasted a "Happy Holidays from the Pleasanton Weekly" sign. In the parade, only Santa shouted a boisterous "Merry Christmas to All" from his high perch on a fire truck, and that was at the end of the hour-long parade. Even the city's gaily-decorated and lighted tree outside the Museum On Main is no longer a Christmas tree, but it's become a less meaningful "holiday tree," whatever that is. At least that's a bit more festive than Dublin's, which calls theirs simply a "community tree." Perhaps Dubliners are afraid the word "holiday," just as some in Pleasanton view "Christmas," as a word that could offend non-believers.
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