Merry Christmas vs. Happy Holidays
Written by Backwoods
First things first, I certainly do not mean to offend anyone by wishing you all a Merry Christmas. If you are offended, I must ask, what is so terrible about Christmas?
I understand that the holiday season is difficult for those who have lost loved ones, or those who struggle through the season without someone to love. For them, I do understand, I have had some difficult ones myself. I also understand that some do not celebrate Christmas. For them however, how is someone wishing you joy and happiness an “offensive” offense?
If I celebrated something different, I would offer my greetings accordingly, but I don’t. I celebrate Christmas. I celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, whose name should not be offensive to anyone, well, except for those that are dead set on killing us all. To those extremists I say Merry Christmas. Call me an infidel, or idiot for that matter, I could care less either way. If you want me dead, I can only assume it is not because of Christmas.
This is supposed to be a happy time, full of love and sharing. You know, Santa Claus, Rudolph & the rest of the reindeer gang, the presents under the tree, cookies & milk, and all the other traditions that have been commonplace for a very long time.
As far as the “offensive” word of Christmas, I simply do not get what is so offensive about it. Cheer up and get over it. How is Happy Holidays more appropriate? It is Christmas. I have not yet heard Holiday Eve, Holiday Morning, or Holiday Day.
Besides, holiday is a slang term for Holy Day, is it not? If it is the word “Christ” that is not okay, then why is it that the word “Holy” is fine? Now don’t get me wrong, I wish everyone Happy Holidays as well, but it is the birth of Jesus Christ that started off the whole thing anyway. Why are we now expected to remove the “Christmas” from Christmas?
I can think of many terms more offensive than Merry Christmas. If I thought you would find my “Merry Christmas” greeting offensive, I could easily substitute it with another, more suitable and offensive one. Why don’t we leave the “taking offense” to those words instead? I am confident that if someone takes an issue with two joyful words, they could just as easily ignore them. Some things I will never understand.
I will conclude my rant with this: Merry Christmas from the Backwoods!
And I will throw in a “God Bless” for you too!
Thank you for reading!
It has been brought to my attention that a post was flagged and removed from Facebook for a picture of a freshly killed and dressed deer that was hanging at a deer camp in Ohio. Apparently, this post had offended someone and to said “offended” as well as any others who claim offense by the legal hunting of deer, I say this:
Not a single one of us (yourself included) would be here today if not for the animals and the meat they provided to ALL of our ancestors. No matter the race, religion or location, people once actually had to hunt for their food. Perhaps a night or two in the cold with no factory-made blanket or a few months spent struggling to find nourishment, would clarify what I am saying.
Unfortunately, steaks don’t grow in the cooler at your local supermarket and burgers don’t magically appear at your favorite fast food joint. They come from animals that are killed, skinned, and processed. Perhaps you find your fast food burger less offensive with their methods of mass slaughter, but for me, there is absolutely nothing to be offended about when a man kills a deer to feed his family. Perhaps he should be offended that you would rather see his children go hungry.
If you don't agree, then go make a salad and try to figure out what people used to eat when there salads and vegetables were covered in snow. If you are offended or upset that people live and sustain themselves naturally, then perhaps you should take even greater offense of your ancestors for providing for you.
Do I eat venison? You can bet your electrically heated rump that I do, and will continue to. It is a family tradition that goes back to the dawn of our species, which by the way would include your own. It is also a tradition that I look forward to sharing with my daughters. Yes, I look forward to the day my daughters shoot their first deer, one of which already has and I am very proud. I also stand by my God-Given right to feed my family and eat the meat that has been provided to us as such. If you care to challenge that statement, read your bible first.
Do we really live within a society that finds sex and violence on TV more appropriate for the children watching it, than a steak the old-fashioned way? Are we truly so dependent on fast food and factories, that we can no longer handle the natural way of life? I understand the cultures of vegetarianism and veganism and although I cannot afford that luxury, nor would I choose to, I have absolutely no problem with a decision not to kill when killing is not necessary. In many cases, it no longer is. We should all be thankful that civilization has progressed enough to allow such choices, keep in mind that we ourselves would have once been on the menu in many civilizations.
I will stand by my right to hunt. I do have the right to feed my family and yes, you have the right to be offended. I share that right as well and I too am offended in that you take offense. Now that we are even, can I eat my steak?