Skip to comments.Reminder to use --> CHRISTMAS <-- [Not x-mas, Happy Holidays, etc.]
Posted on 12/03/2007 9:49:18 AM PST by davidosborne
Twas the month before Christmas When all through our land, Not a Christian was praying Nor taking a stand. Why the Politically Correct Police had taken away, The reason for Christmas - no one could say. The children were told by their schools not to sing, About Shepherds and Wise Men and Angels and things. It might hurt people's feelings, the teachers would say December 25th is just a "Holiday". Yet the shoppers were ready with cash, checks and credit Pushing folks down to the floor just to get it! CDs from Madonna, an X BOX, an I-pod Something was changing, something quite odd! Retailers promoted Ramadan and Kwanzaa In hopes to sell books by Franken & Fonda. As Targets were hanging their trees upside down At Lowe's the word Christmas - was no where to be found. At K-Mart and Staples and Penny's and Sears You won't hear the word Christmas; it won't touch your ears. Inclusive, sensitive, Di-ver-si-ty Are words that were used to intimidate me. Now Daschle, Now Darden, Now Sharpton, Wolf Blitzen On Boxer, on Rather, on Kerry, on Clinton! At the top of the Senate, there arose such a clatter To eliminate Jesus, in all public matter. And we spoke not a word, as they took away our faith Forbidden to speak of salvation and grace. The true Gift of Christmas was exchanged and discarded The reason for the season, stopped before it started. So as you celebrate "Winter Break" under your "Dream Tree" Sipping your Starbucks, listen to me. Choose your words carefully, choose what you say Shout MERRY CHRISTMAS, not Happy Holiday!
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I don’t wish Jews a Merry Chistmas....
(unless they are in retail....nyuck, nyuck, nyuck)
I don’t mind “Happy Holidays” either. I’m sure it was a Madison Avenue invention decades ago to appeal to both Jews and Christians, but I’ve always felt it’s the same as saying “Merry Christmas and Happy New Year” — in fewer words!
But don’t worry, the agnostics made the news last week saying they want Happy Holidays stopped because it is hateful against agnostics. That is where I say go to a hot dark place deep in the core of the Earth.
Happy Holidays IRKS me because it is non-offensive to everyone EXCEPT Christians... Why is it that we cater to every other religion or non-religion at the EXPENSE of Christians??... this is just ONE example.. but maybe this one just strikes a chord in me this time of the year.
I’m not offended by Happy Holidays. I think Happy Holidays goes over differently depending on where one lives. When we did rural track medicine, Happy Holidays was an expression that wasn’t used in any of the states we lived in. But, upon return to our home state, it was needed.
I almost always get the same response back, and to my knowledge, I have never offended anyone with it.
These PC types must be in the minority and they are really getting out of hand.
I did try wishing someone a Happy Saturnalia once, but they looked at me like I was from Pluto.
odd, i thought it was an irving berlin song written in 1942 for “holiday inn.”
That’s “Happy Holiday,” singular, I think. But the greeting might have started there, who knows?
There is absolutely nothing wrong with X-mas. In Greek, X is the first letter in Christ.
Why is “Happy Holidays” offensive? It’s just a greeting that combines Christmas and New Year’s.
most people get a merry Christmas, for my friends who’s religious preference lean elsewhere, i’ll wish them their appropriate holiday greeting- and in return they wish me a merry Christmas.
my favourite is my buddhist friend.. “happy.. uh.. couple free vacation days” :)
d’oh! you’re right. :)
but the last line does offer “Happy holidays to you”
i was just thinking that the earliest example of it being used i know of.
Also, when you go to buy stamps for Christmas cards, there are two main ones: a generic “holiday” stamp (I think it has a stylized snowflake, IIRC), and a nice Madonna and child. Pick the latter.
Ho Ho Ho
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you and your’s.
Right on, X-Mas is for losers...
Here is my PRIMARY beef with the whole Happy Holidays vs. Merry CHRISTmas.
When I wish someone a Merry CHRISTmas it is a reflection of MY FAITH, not pushing my FAITH on the receiver... we have it SOOO backwards when we don’t express our PERSONAL faith because it might “offend” someone..
Just like when an Iraqi tells me “En Sha Allah”.. it means by the will of “ALLAH” — They KNOW that I am a CHRISTIAN, and that ALLAH is not MY God.. however it is an expression of THEIR faith in ALLAH.. and I am NOT offended by it.. if fact I use the same expression back to them, not as an acknowledgement of Allah, but because it is a CULTURALY accepted/common phrase, even for those who are not practicing muslims.....
America is waaaaayyyy to PC.. and yes, I know this topic comes up every year.. and rightly so.. IMHO
But “happy holidays” didn’t start as worry of being offensive, it started as a desire to be more polite. Part of the problem the PC world has created (and this is a problem that effects both sides of any PC argument) is that everybody has forgotten about the middle ground. The polite/ offensive spectrum actually has 3 positions: there’s polite, there’s offensive, and there’s neither. Most stuff is neither, that’s kind of the normal operating level of life.
Back in the 70s I grew up in a neighborhood that was fairly evenly split between Catholics and Jews, during this season we said “Merry Christmas” if we knew the person was Catholic (or other variety of Christian), “Happy Hanukkah” if we knew they were Jewish, and “happy holidays” if we weren’t sure. We didn’t do this because we were worried about being offensive, we knew none of the Jews in the neighborhood would get upset if we wished them a Merry Christmas, just as we wouldn’t get offended if they wished us a Happy Hanukkah. We did it to be polite, we were making sure that our holiday wishes (which are normally a polite thing in the first place) stayed polite rather than enter the neutral zone. They were our neighbors, we liked them, we were polite to them with small gestures like recognizing their religion, inviting them to our parties, and bringing in their newspaper when we came to visit. Failure to do any of these things wouldn’t have offended anyone, and probably doesn’t offend anybody now, but it’s not necessarily polite either.
David, some of us have been using "Happy Holidays" for 50 years, meaning strictly Thanksgiving, Christmas, and the New Year. We aren't going to change now.
I DO find offensive the names Holiday Day, Family Day, Kwanzaa(sp?), and Festive(sp?), and any other bu!!$hit name that you can come up with --- BUT, I will not stop wishing my family and friends a wonderful holiday season.
May God go with you on your difficult journeys, and though times are tough right now, may you and your family enjoy this holiday season.
My wishing Happy Holidays to those who are not Christian is in no way a fear of offending. It is me showing respect.
,,, Merry Christmas to you David and all the best for 2008.
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