Skip to comments.Which holiday? Just come out and say it
Posted on 11/25/2004 9:39:55 AM PST by Rakkasan1
'In theaters this holiday."
That's part of the advertising campaign that preceded the recently opened movie, "The Polar Express." Which holiday? Veterans Day? In that case, I missed it.
Strange that a movie would play only one day. But of course, that's not what the marketing folks meant. The movie opened Nov. 12, the day after Veterans Day, and it will be playing for some time maybe even through Presidents Day.
All this "holiday" stuff is driving me nuts. "Buy our product this holiday." Which holiday? It doesn't make sense.
I know what you're thinking. Just another rant from a guy who wants them to say "Christmas."
Not exactly. What I want is some accuracy and logic in the language that we use.
In the case of the movie, it makes sense to say it will be playing "this holiday season." In fact, that's what people used to say when they wanted to note the period of time encompassing Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, New Year's Eve and Day, Kwanzaa and any other holiday that occurs during that period. Used that way, "holiday" is an adjective that describes "season." That makes sense.
Likewise, it makes sense to use "holiday" as an adjective to broadly describe shopping, entertainment, music, travel, giving or spirit. All of these can and do encompass more than Christmas.
But saying "this holiday" makes no sense. Which holiday?
It's not a crime to recognize a holiday by name. For example, I don't go "holiday" shopping; I go Christmas shopping. You might go Hanukkah shopping. That's the fact of what each of us is doing.
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Judging from the reviews and its box office performance, that seems unlikely.
Next the PC police will want us to change the name of
Christmas itself. "That's offensive! What about the
non-Christians and atheists around?" LOL
Those who are offended by Christmas, by the way, are welcome to work on that day..."what, you're taking the
day off? I thought you were offended by Christmas!" :)
Happy Thanksgiving, y'all, and a very merry Christmas. Must go baste the turkey.
That was done long ago: "Xmas"
I'm having my staff Christmas party TONIGHT!!!
My company has decided to take Christmas out of December! ;-)
We will give Thanks to God for His goodness and His bounty today.
We will celebrate His long-prophecied virgin birth on Christmas.
We will celebrate His resurrection from the tomb on Easter. And celebrate the final Sacrifice for sin.
Ha ha! You're a clever one, you are!
happy thanksgiving to you too. I must go check my ebay sale
and pet the cat.
Yeah, small wonder this movie is sucking wind in the theatre. I thought they meant "The 4th Of July". No wonder Hollywood's taking a beating this year.
Well, my duties as "Chef" are nearly fulfilled. I recon I've about drained the bottle of "Quinta de Chocapalha" and the side dishes are nearly done. Smoked turkey was ready at 4:30AM this morning and the rest has been details.
Y'all have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
That's Festivus, for all of you non-creative types. ;~)
...but they'll just say, "Oh, we needed to shorten the word for shorter headlines/save space"
(radio announcer doing ad): "Yes, Mother, as sure as there's an X in 'X-mas', you can bet
those are Tiny Tim chestnuts roasting. Tin-y Tim's roast
hot--like a chesnut ought!"--from Stan Freberg's
my buddy's 15th annual Festivus is on Dec. 11th this year.
We typically get about 100 people.
Dancing,drinking, feats of strength.
Thanks for the Freberg!
That's the one. Have a great and joyous blended holiday known as Festivus. Let the games begin!
If not for the damage they do to all of us, liberals would be just laughable. What exactly do they think makes some days "holy"? Government sanction? I don't think so.
And if people are trying to take the "Christ" out of "Christmas" (literally), then they should also remove the "-mas," since it refers to the "Christ Mass," that is, the Festival (the Feast, the Mass) of the Nativity of Our Lord.
Likewise, "holiday" equals "holy day," a day set apart unto the Lord.
Of course, nobody knows these things anymore. We are so ignorant of our language and our history. In Western Civilization, history is thoroughly intertwined with church history.
Happy Thanksgiving! It is Thanksgiving Day. Soon it will be Christmas. Merry Christmas!
Good on ya.
I know, but as you know, here in the United States the term has mostly been used either for convenience or out of fear of offending somebody.
Happy Thanksgiving, btw! Keep up the posting excellence!
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