Editor’s note: The following was originally published on Dec 4, 2005, as Merry Christmas vs. Happy Holidays.
All this broo-ha-ha (how do you spell that?) about whether to say, “Merry Christmas” or “Happy Holidays” has me about ready to scream!
For those who aren’t aware (or are living under a rock) the controversy over the “political correctness” of saying “Merry Christmas” has been all over the news of late. Supposedly it’s “better” to say “Happy Holidays”. I guess that’s less offensive than “Merry Christmas”.
But right there is my beef over all this nonsense. Just how offensive can saying “Merry Christmas” possibly be???
Good grief. I wouldn’t be offended if someone came up to me and said, “Happy Hanukkah” (or Kwanzaa or Ramadan or Festivus, for that matter). Nope, not offended one iota. And none of the people I know who don’t celebrate Christmas are offended in the least if someone says “Merry Christmas” to them.
This isn’t rocket science people. Say what you want. If you feel like singing out “Merry Christmas” to someone, do it! If it makes you feel better to say, “Happy Holidays”, then say that. Just don’t berate me for saying what I say, and I won’t berate you for what you prefer to say.
Forcing or forbidding certain phrases at this time of the year in the name of political correctness is just plain nuts. Let’s celebrate how we see fit. Our diverse culture is a fundamental part of this great country. We should all be able to freely express our holiday wishes in whatever way prefer. If I want to put up a 50 foot tree in my front yard and the guy across the street wants to put up a 50 foot Menorah who should care? (well, I’m sure our HOA would be equally upset at either”¦).
So if you get all bent out of shape at someone saying, “Merry Christmas”, relax. Get over it. In the grand scheme of things is it really that big deal?
Merry Christmas! (And a Happy New Year)
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