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!