I’m gonna climb on my soapbox for a few minutes here and get something off my chest. I don’t mean to sound like a jerk or insensitive to anyones personal beliefs but here it goes.
I wish you a Merry Christmas…you don’t like it….deal with it.
I’m so tired of being politically correct and trying to not offend someone. If me wishing you a Merry Christmas offends you, get over it.
I absolutely respect your personal beliefs and if I happen to know what they are, I would wish you a happy (insert holiday here). However, if I don’t, I’m not going to hide behind Happy Holidays anymore.
If I wish you a Merry Christmas, it has nothing to do with religious beliefs. I’m simply wishing you well. While I realize that not everyone celebrates Christmas, however the overwhelming majority in the United States do.
I’m so sick of how intolerant we have become as a society.
People are so easily offended anymore and we are stripping our country of everything that made us unique in the world.
So you don’t share my beliefs or celebrate the same holidays, so what? I don’t care if you believe something different. Maybe you celebrate Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Boxing Day or something else all together. That’s awesome.
I’m thrilled to see seasonal decor for people with different cultural beliefs. That’s what makes the world go round.
I don’t force mine on you and you don’t force yours on me.
If you stopped me on the street and wished me a Happy Kwanzaa, I might be a bit confused but I certainly wouldn’t be offended. I would simply say thank you, and appreciate the gesture of the act of kindness it was intended to be.
Our skin needs to thicken up just a bit. We need to chill out and simply be grateful that someone, a perfect stranger even, is wishing us well. We should see the holidays for what they are, a time to celebrate, be with loved ones and be kind to those around us.
I love you all. You’re like extended family to me. Please try to be open minded this holiday season. Please don’t make me climb back up here. I have a thing with heights. 🙂
I’m climbing down off this soapbox and I promise to put it away for a little while.
I couldnt agree with you more! Your view is shared by many, and I thank you for putting it out there!
Always liked this one. Belated Merry Christmas. 🙂
Great article. I'm tired of being PC over MC.
Etymology at it’s finest. 😀 I love pointing it out to people.
What about New Years' Day? Isn't that a holiday that would be included in "Happy Holidays"?
Very good point. 🙂
Merry Christmas x 5
I wasn't bothered by "Happy Holidays" til it became the PC word for not saying "Merry Christmas". I agree with your post. We claim to be so tolerant but when push comes to shove it doesn't happen. Merry Christmas to the Lost & Tired family 🙂 Have a blessed day!
Merry Christmas to you and yours 🙂
However, I do have to point out something of an irony … you wrote "we've become so intolerant!" when the idea for "happy holidays" was an act of tolerance and acceptance that if you don't know what the other party celebrates, you could say that in a general way without offending them–in order to be tolerant 🙂
I'm much like you however. I wish my Jewish friends HH!… and my African-American relatives who celebrate it HK!… and to my Christian friends/family, MC! (I type more than talk to them). So, yeah, if I don't know, I might say MC or Happy Holidays, equally. Depending on what my brain/fingers come up with 🙂
"the idea for "happy holidays" was an act of tolerance and acceptance that if you don't know what the other party celebrates, you could say that in a general way without offending them"… riffing off of this, it wasn't just about the question of "offending" them– it's about not assuming, categorically, that everyone you meet is Christian unless you know otherwise.
People are welcome to wish me a happy anything– and I tend to go with humorous takes, myself, like "Happy Festivus"– but when I wish people "Happy Holidays," I do it specifically to be inclusive of whatever they might celebrate. It's not about being PC or not offending anyone– it's about trying to make sure I'm not leaving people out by making casual assumptions about what they do or don't celebrate.
Ironically enough, “Holidays” means ‘Holy day’, so those who aren’t religious and complain that Merry Christmas is offensive because it’s “religious” are still unable to avoid it. 😛
I usually just say back whatever the other person says to me, or "Thanks, same to you," because it's usually either "Merry Christmas" or "Happy Holidays" where I live. I like both equally.
Merry Christmas 😉
Merry Christmas to you and your family too 🙂
Thank you 🙂
I'm Jewish and I actually prefer if someone wishes me a Merry Christmas instead of Happy Holidays. "Holidays" is really just code for Christmas. Today I actually saw a Countdown To The Holidays – 2 more sleeps. I mean, really?! My holiday is over, thanks. Kwanzaa hasn't started I don't think. (Feel free to correct me if I'm wrong, though.)
Well then, Merry Christmas 🙂