City seeks volunteers for downtown holiday parade

Main Street event includes traditional tree lighting as part of Dec. 5 Hometown Holidays Celebration

Halloween is still more than a week away, but already Pleasanton is looking for a few good volunteers for its Hometown Holidays Celebration that will be held downtown Dec. 5.

The event will usher in the end-of-the-year festivities. It's scheduled to be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. along Main Street, featuring a community-based parade followed by the lighting of a holiday tree in front of the Museum on Main.

Volunteers are needed to serve as barricade assistants, formation assistants, set-up/teardown crews, parade check-in, disband attendants, hospitality assistants, tree lighting attendants, flagmen and for volunteer check-in. Individual youths and youth groups aged 13-17 may apply provided that adult volunteers register to participate in their supervision. Eligibility for specific activities will be determined and assigned by a coordinator.

Visit to download a volunteer application, or call 931-5352 for more information.

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Posted by Douglas Kendall
a resident of Downtown
on Oct 22, 2009 at 8:02 am

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Posted by SteveP
a resident of Parkside
on Oct 22, 2009 at 1:33 pm

Is this like a 'Christmas' parade? With a 'Christmas' tree? Or is this some generic PC version of the celebration of our lord and savior?

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Posted by Vinelander
a resident of Vineyard Hills
on Oct 22, 2009 at 10:10 pm

I know it is hard to believe - but everyone that lives in Pleasanton is not a Christian. There are other religions that celebrate their holidays in December, too. That is why it is call a Hometown HOLIDAY celebration. Let's all be tolerant and just learn to live together and be nice to each other.

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Posted by Julie
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 22, 2009 at 10:42 pm

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I'm going to bet that at some point this was called a "Christmas Parade". Regardless, *Christmas* appears to be at the root of its origins.

I'm honestly tired of "tolerant" having to mean me giving up/altering/changing MY cultural festivities (including the name as if "Christmas" is a bad word). I am not religious. However, I grew up in a mainstream culture that included Christmas, complete with decorated trees, stockings by the fireplace, Santa Claus, etc. Why do we have to avoid calling this mainstream cultural festivity "Christmas" simply because some people don't celebrate it? I don't expect Jewish people start calling "Hanukkah" something else. I think it's fine for Indian people to celebrate "Diwali". I love learning about the cultures of others. I simply do not feel that I should have to give mine up in the process. Obviously Christmas is a huge part of the mainstream culture here in America - all you have to do to get a feel for what cultural norms are is to pay attention to marketing. If Christmas weren't important you wouldn't see it represented in so many ads, commercials, etc. Let's be willing to embrace all cultures...including the mainstream!

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Posted by Stacey
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Oct 22, 2009 at 11:03 pm

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You used the word "mainstream". I'd use the word "secular". Christmas has truly become a secular holiday layered on top of an originally religious holiday. The problem I see with removing the word Christmas from language is that it is an attack on the secular holiday, not the religious one.

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Posted by Jerry
a resident of Oak Hill
on Oct 23, 2009 at 1:07 am

I would volunteer to help with a "Christmas Parade" but I sure won't volunteer to help with a "Holiday Parade"...

"Christmas" is "Christmas", whether it's secular or religious, and if that offends some one, tough. I'm not offended by "others" secular/religious holidays. If they can get enough participation for a parade through downtown - go for it...

I'm personally tired of all the PC junk...

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Posted by K2Mom
a resident of Amador Valley High School
on Oct 23, 2009 at 8:47 am

Can't you people with issues about this go and enjoy yourselves with your community, and celebrate Christmas in your heart? If you celebrate Christmas, you know it is Christmas, don't you? What is the big deal?

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Posted by SteveP
a resident of Parkside
on Oct 23, 2009 at 9:50 am

K2mom and Vinelander--the holiday we're celebrating is called Christmas, in spite of apologists who feel they have to appease some minority (i.e-not Christian) out of a sense of misplaced guilt.

Would you ask folks celebrating kwanzaa to sacrifice the identity of their holiday for the sake of political correctness? I think not. This is no different.

Sure, the spirit of the Christmas is in your heart, but why change it, water it down or disguise it as something else....Is it being hijacked by someone threatening to sue because it's on public property or using funds from local govt? You can't possibly be inclusive of everyone, nor make everybody happy. Stop trying to push that boulder uphill.

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Posted by ls
a resident of Mohr Park
on Oct 23, 2009 at 10:11 am

I had no idea we had such crazies living in this town. Is the holiday spirit not about spending time with loved ones? Or is it about making sure you religion is the most dominant in your community?
Things that remind me of christmas: coming home, snow, ice skating, lights, chrismas trees, family, a feast...half the things that remind me of Christmas probably remind others of the holiday they celebrate at this time. Go the the holiday parade to celebrate christmas and out community, but don't be upset if some other people in this community want to share in celebrating the holiday season. What is the big deal in letting jewish people, indian people, and others celebrate along with the Christian in a holiday parade? Grow up - embrace the community and embrace the (little) diversity we have in this town. What kind of example are you setting?

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Posted by mc
a resident of Downtown
on Oct 23, 2009 at 10:14 am

Go to your Church if you want to celebrate christmas? Or does that make this holiday to religious for. You?

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Posted by Julie
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 23, 2009 at 10:41 pm

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Thank you SteveP, you were able to further articulate what I feel.

I'm crazy and/or need to grow up simply because I do not wish MY culture to become watered down for the sake of political correctness? For the record, I do "embrace diversity". I work with a predominately Hispanic population and come from a city (S.F.) where I was essentially a minority (even though I am Caucasian).

As I said, I'm not religious so for me it has nothing to do with religion. Yes, Stacy, I celebrate secular holidays. Another example - "Halloween" is not about devil worship in my culture - it's about carving pumpkins, mailing cards, trick-or-treating, etc.

I did also mean "mainstream". Mainstream: "Representing the prevalent attitudes, values, and practices of a society or group". Like it or not, the majority of people in the USA celebrate Christmas. If I were wrong you would not see Christmas in magazines, television, stores, etc. to the degree that you do. Dia De Los Muertos is not mainstream here as evidenced by the lack of D. de los M. marketing. You'd see that it's mainstream in Mexico and there they would not feel the need to "water it down" because some people don't celebrate it! The fact that I do not want to lose my culture doesn't mean I'm unwilling to embrace yours.

And if they light a TREE at the end of the parade...well Jewish and Indian people do not do that as part of their Winter holiday celebrations. It's Christmas! If they want to share in it that's fine - why should I have to change the name in order to include them? I'd love to partake in, e.g., a Jewish celebration - and you can still call it Hanukkah, not a "holiday celebration". I won't be offended because I am happy to embrace YOUR traditions, etc.

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Posted by VS
a resident of Downtown
on Nov 28, 2009 at 7:29 pm

Is it no longer a Christmas tree, but a holiday tree? what other holidays are we celebrating? I don't see any hannukah decorations or kwanza...only Christmas. if you really mean to go "holiday" then do it. Otherwise stop being such hypocrites and call this what it is. Christmas. We aren't trying to water down other people's cultural or religious events, so please stop watering down something like Christmas. Christians are increasingly persecuted in this nation, while immigrating cultures and religions are respected and upheld like gods.

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Posted by VS
a resident of Downtown
on Nov 28, 2009 at 7:33 pm

Maybe those who would like a Christmas celebration should start an event for next year? It appears we no longer have one. I'll help!

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