There are some things that just aren't socially acceptable, I'm sure you agree. While I personally think removing the Golliwog from Noddy was more insulting than just, say, changing his name, and I just can't call Christmas anything but, I can understand how someone with no affinity or link to Christ might simply prefer 'happy holidays'.
I do think, however, that the Seattle school that chose to rename Easter Eggs as Spring Spheres in an attempt to appease parents who were trying to keep their children's lives as religion-free as possible, has gone a little bit too far.
As Sunny Channel at Strollerderby says: “One big thing about the name 'Spring Sphere'… an egg is not sphere shaped. Oval yes. Sphere no. The school may be trying to teach the children to be non-offensive but in doing so shouldn’t they use an accurate moniker? Couldn’t they call it a “Spring Egg,” or “Eggers,” or “Pastel Plastic Ovals Filled with Candy.”
But incorrect name aside, surely, if the school wanted to teach the children to be non-offensive, the better way of doing so would be explaining that Easter is a Christian celebration (based on the Jewish Passover), eggs are a pagan symbol of fruitfulness and really, most of the world just likes chocolate?
I see no difference between an Easter-egg-shaped-Spring-Sphere and hiring a prostitute and calling her your “special friend”. It's the same thing, changing the name doesn't change what it is. As far as I can see, it's not teaching the children anything other than how to kid yourself and justify your actions till they fit your desires. But maybe that's just me.
If we want to remove anything of any religious or traditional value for everyone across the board, I think it's time Halloween became known as Fancy Dress night, Guy Fawkes became Fireworks Night, and bank holidays became Sale Days, and we can all drift further from our roots, our history, our traditions, and become one global society with absolutely no understanding of, or need for tolerance, difference or respect.