Credits: CORRIE DIMANNO/BANFF CRAG & CANYON/QMI AGENCY
WINNIPEG -- A school's winter concert, with a cold and calculated political correctness freezing out its Christmas spirit.
That's how Karel and Eva Soustek see a children's holiday concert that has left them upset over its lack of yuletide offerings. The couple is bewildered after watching one of their grandchildren perform last week in Hastings School's "Winter Concert," which they say didn't include even one mention of Christmas.
"I was offended that they didn't even bother to sing one song about Christmas, or say anything about Christmas at all -- not even one word. That's not right," Eva told the QMI Agency Tuesday, charging that the school's administrators don't want to upset non-Christians and others who don't celebrate the Dec. 25 holiday.
"They are afraid of any other religion -- that they might complain."
Karel said he was equally taken aback at the show last Thursday, particularly after he watched another young grandchild in a holiday concert at Ecole Howden the previous evening that he and Eva said was "completely" about Christmas, even with a youngster dressed as Santa Claus.
The Hastings concert, he noted, featured songs such as Winter is My Favourite Time of Year, Candle in Your Heart, Bundled Up Warm, Winter Lights and others that make no mention of Christmas.
"All the songs ... were just about the snow and winter,” he said.
A media liaison at the Louis Riel School Division did not return a call for comment. Rick Haley, principal at Hastings, also did not return a call.