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EU Advice to Ban Terms Like ‘Christmas Time’ Withdrawn after Backlash

Document argues everyone in the EU does not celebrate Christmas

 on 1st December 2021 @ 1.00pm
commission employees are also told to use names from different ethnic and religious backgrounds © press
Commission employees are also told to use names from different ethnic and religious backgrounds,

The European Commission gave advice for employees urging them to refrain from using the term “Christmas time" in press releases and on social media.

Under the section labeled “cultures, lifestyles, and beliefs,” the document advises employees to use more generic terms.

It argues that because everyone in the EU does not celebrate Christmas, they should use the term “holiday times” instead.

The Italian newspaper Il Giornale reported on the guidance with the entire document later distributed by French news website Fdesouche.com.

the eu document states that workers should be mindful of the negative connotations of terms © press
The EU document states that workers should be mindful of the negative connotations of terms

It also discourages the term “Christian name,” adding it should be replaced with “first name” or “forename.”

Commission employees are also told to use names from different ethnic and religious backgrounds, for example: “Malika and Julio are an international couple.”

Some of the rules are labeled as being mandatory, such as “never” using gendered language like a policeman and not using the term “Mr” or “Mrs."

The EU document states that workers should “be mindful of the negative connotations of terms such as colonization or settlement,” suggesting the use of the phrase “sending humans to Mars” instead of future colonization of the red planet.

il giornale published the report over the weekend  which prompted criticism from italian politicians © press
Il Giornale published the report over the weekend, which prompted criticism from Italian politicians

Il Giornale published the report over the weekend, which prompted criticism from Italian politicians.

national conservative Brother of Italy (FdI) leader Giorgia Meloni stated:

“Enough is enough: our history and our identity will not be erased.”

Spanish MEP Jorge Buxadé slammed the document on Twitter, telling European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen:

“We are going to say Christmas, Mary, Bethlehem, Joseph, Jesus, and whatever we want when we want.”

But the Commission quietly walked back the guidance after the European Commission’s Commissioner for Equality Helena Dalli called the document a “work in progress.”

Dalli said in a statement:

The document was “to illustrate the diversity of European culture,” a mission she called an “important aim.”

The news comes just days after civil servants in the United Kingdom banned the word "Christmas" from a proposed government campaign fearing it would offend minorities.

British officials vetoed the use of "Christmas" from being used in a COVID testing drive which would be marketed at students.

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