The last few years there’s been a cyber-uproar over the fact that businesses, TV commercials, and people in general say “Happy Holidays” instead of “Merry Christmas.” I’ve received chain emails, seen chain posts on Facebook, and even comedian Jeff Dunham has included it in his Christmas Special show.
The beef is that CHRIST is in CHRISTMAS, or, if you prefer, Jesus is the reason for the season. Well, I have a few problems with this logic.
I will start by saying that I was raised a Christian, and I celebrate Christmas. I am not, however, under some ignorant illusion that everybody does or should celebrate Christmas. Not everybody is Christian, nor does everyone believe what I believe. Quite frankly, I doubt anyone else believes what I believe personally.
My first problem with the “pro Christmas” crowd is that they assume “Happy Holidays” is somehow some kind of code for saying “Merry Christmas.” This is sheer arrogance on the part of the “Christians” who peddle this stupid shit. Christmas is NOT the only holiday we celebrate this time of year. There is Thanksgiving and New Years Day. And depending on what you believe, you could celebrate Hanukkah or Kwanza. Imagine for second that you’re Jewish and people just keep saying “Merry Christmas” to you all the time. The intention is good, but that doesn’t mean anything to you since you don’t celebrate Christmas.
Since there’s no way to tell what someone’s beliefs are just by looking at them, it’s just easier to say “Happy Holidays” than take a poll before making any wishes. The intent is the same whether someone says “Merry Christmas” or “Happy Holidays.” They are wishing you well. Why some of you Christians want to get bent out of shape about this is beyond me. People mean well when the say “Happy Holidays” so don’t get pissed about it. Take it in the spirit in which it was given. Do onto others…and such.
Another thing you Christians need to realize before forwarding that email or reposting that Facebook status is that this country was founded on religious freedom. That means that you are free to believe what you want to believe and that there is no official religion here in the USA. So I don’t have to believe what you believe and if I want to say “Happy Holidays” instead of “Merry Christmas” I can do that and there’s not a damn thing wrong with it.
Please people, stop getting pissed about every little thing. Stop forwarding your crap to me. Stop posting stupid chain posts on Facebook. I know exactly what Christmas is all about. And whether someone says “Happy Holidays” or “Merry Christmas,” that person is wishing you well and you shouldn’t be offended or go off on a tangent.