How does such a well meaning wish result in such heated controversy? I haven’t seen it on the news yet, but I have heard in from particularly religious friends and co-workers.
Growing up, Happy Holidays was a short way of saying Happy Thanksgiving and Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa/ and Happy New Year. Perhaps this assumption was just a figment of my childhood ignorance. Clearly, everywhere you look, people are hating on Christmas.
This past week, I heard someone say “You know, you come to this country, you celebrate our holiday, which is Christmas.”
Um…. what about freedom and rights? We allegedly live in a country that adheres to a strict separation of church and state, right? We don’t force people to check their culture at the door before we hand them a green card.
This whole argument adds one more black mark to what is supposed to be a wonderful holiday season.
In my opinion, Happy Holidays is an easy and logical way for businesses to advertise to all cultures and religions. No matter what holiday you are celebrating, buy your presents here! Happy Holidays! Usually, the letters are red and green, making it obvious that Christmas reigns supreme in the eyes of consumerism.
On Christmas Day, I say Merry Christmas to people I know are celebrating Christmas. Any other day, I prefer to say Happy Holidays out of respect for other’s opinions, cultures and religions. I don’t wish you would happy and safe Christmas and if you’re not celebrating Christmas you’re going to hell. I wish you a happy and safe holiday, no matter what you are celebrating or who you are celebrating with. Peace and joy for all throughout December. I wish we were equally concerned about the peace of joy of others during the other 11 months of the year.
I am not trying to bash Christmas by saying Happy Holidays and can’t think of a single person who says that phrase with that intent. Is there a problem with being inclusive of others? If you prefer to say Merry Christmas instead of Happy Holidays, who cares? The sentiment should still be the same, right? Why does wishing another well have to cause so much controversy. If anything, I feel like saying Merry Christmas with the intention of disregarding all other cultures and religions goes against the Christmas/Holiday spirit.
…besides, if I wanted to shove my respect for all persons, cultures and religions down your throat this holiday season, I’d obnoxiously say Happy Chrismahanukwanzakah to every person with ears to hear. Yet, we live in a free country. If you want to change the term Merry Christmas (aka: I wish you happiness on Dec. 25th in particular) to Merry Christmas (aka: Fuck you if you don’t celebrate Christmas. This is America! Christ, guns and unnecessarily fried food for all!), far be it from me to stop you.
Disclaimer: I don’t really care how people great each other over the holidays. I don’t think everyone who says Merry Christmas does so to disregard other religions or cultures. All I want is peace and joy for all, regardless of how you great other’s this holiday season. Lastly, I originally spelled Christmahanakwanzika, but Google Docs corrected me to Chrismahanukwanzakah and this fact fills me with happiness ^_^
Shalom, my friends.
How do you greet people over the holiday season? Do you think Happy Holidays refers to all holidays, including Thanksgiving and New years, or just Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa? Do you think saying Happy Chrismahanukwanzakah is always obnoxious?