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Old 03-25-2013, 04:56 PM   #61
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I would not be astonished if this category would win - now.
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Old 03-25-2013, 05:04 PM   #62
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Poll is up.

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Old 03-25-2013, 07:03 PM   #63
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I think Jon's got a valid point if view, and I think the title change would make it easier for people to support the category, but since it's not unanimous among the three of you, the original title stays.

My personal opinion: don't expect to garner very many votes. But I've been wrong before.
I think I would find the view a bit more valid if the individual concerned hadn't participated in reading A Christmas Carol back in 2011. Of course, he may have experienced a change of heart since then.

Besides, we have Christmas in summer down here!
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Old 03-25-2013, 07:16 PM   #64
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I think Jon's got a valid point if view...
Jon's past participation with A Christmas Carol notwithstanding, I agree. I'm reminded of "The Boy Who Cried Wolf". After enough complaining, people just aren't as supportive even when parts of the complaint are valid.
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Old 03-26-2013, 09:26 AM   #65
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Personally, I won't support the Christmas theme for my own reasons. However, I equally have no interest whatsoever in the complaint that was raised.
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Old 03-27-2013, 10:13 AM   #66
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In light of the controversy, would any of you object to a changing of the category name to Stories with a Winter Holiday theme?
I have a better idea...

Why not call it Holiday Themes and that could encompass any holiday regardless of when it falls religious or not. That would be OK with me.

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Old 03-27-2013, 12:42 PM   #67
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I think that's an excellent idea, but it's a bit late in the day to implement it for the purposes of this poll. Keep that in mind for next year, though. I'd support it.
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It is a good idea and superior to specifying a specific holiday. How about "seasonal" as another option?
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Old 03-27-2013, 07:44 PM   #69
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It is a good idea and superior to specifying a specific holiday. How about "seasonal" as another option?
Wish that had been suggested for this poll.
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Old 03-27-2013, 08:39 PM   #70
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Wish that had been suggested for this poll.
I like that too, and of course it could be used at different times of the year rather than being tied to a particular month or festival.

At the moment it looks as if Short Stories is going to win, so it probably won't be a problem anyway.
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But seasonal could be religious given the season. For example, it's soon to be Good Friday and Easter. Both religious holidays.

But if we go with Holidays encompassing every holiday, then we cover enough non-religious holidays to make it viable.
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Old 03-27-2013, 10:10 PM   #72
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But seasonal could be religious given the season. For example, it's soon to be Good Friday and Easter. Both religious holidays.

But if we go with Holidays encompassing every holiday, then we cover enough non-religious holidays to make it viable.
You're saying there are less non-religious seasons than there are non-religious holidays?

Really?
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I have never heard of Easter being referred to as a season, although of course it is in reality a spring festival from pagan times, which the Christian church decided to make use of. In the same way, the midwinter festival had the birth of Jesus attached to it.

To me, seasonal refers to the seasons of the year rather than anything religious. Holiday derives from "holy day" and it could be argued that it therefore has more "religious" overtones to it than the word "season".
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No, no, no to all artificial word constructions. The intention of these posters was clear to read Christmas related stories, so please let us call it this way. It really is the best name for it. Jon could have done something constructive and propose Hanukkah related stories himself (I would have found this very interesting too) or something similar or the broad version (religious stories from all over the world).
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As I understand it, the Christmas theme definitely stays in the category name if that is the one that wins for December 2013.

The ongoing discussion is just speculation for the future in case someone wants to suggest a similar category at some stage. Personally, I doubt that anyone will bother!
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