Well, it’s that magic time of year again. The time of year when someone gets peeved by my stating “Happy Holidays” as opposed to “Merry Christmas” as though I’m attacking Jesus Christ or something. Every year I get to hear it from someone or maybe even a few people and I get to explain it all over again. As if it really matters in the whole scheme of things right?
Funny thing is, it does. The other funny thing is that my saying, “Happy Holidays” is more thoughtful, in my opinion, and it took me a few years to get used to saying it back in the early 90s. See, prior to that, I was about “Merry Christmas” and all that. It’s all I knew really. But, immediately following college, I married a woman who was Jewish. Then, soon after, someone invented Kwanzaa (just kidding. That was created in the late 60’s. See here), so I decided I would set about learning to say something to wish all a grand time of the year. Not so much a noble idea as a caring one huh?
I’m liberal, but I think some things are pretty crazy myself. “African-American”, for example, would suggest that all black folks originate from Africa and, further, that only black folks are from Africa. Kinda ridiculous. Like thinking the “Right to Bear Arms” is being exercised by owning semi-auto assault weapons and all that. There’s much wackiness in our world people…no doubt.
By me saying, “Happy Holidays!” however, I am simply wishing you a great time of the year no matter who you are and where you’re from. How could that possibly be construed as my trying to rid a religion of it’s deity? Or the son of the deity? Or whatever? I can’t think of why or how anyone should be offended by it. Believe me, I have plenty of other things I could say to offend almost anyone out there. I won’t resort to that though. Instead, I’d like to have you take a moment and think about what the holidays really are to you and your family. If you’re Christian, the idea is to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. That’s cool to me as we so often celebrate the death of folks for some reason. If you’re Jewish, you’re celebrating the “festival of lights” as an honor of the re-dedication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem. If you’re celebrating Kwanzaa, well that’s a way to celebrate your own thing without “the man” telling you what to do. It doesn’t matter, they’re all celebrations and it’s about being with those you love and having good times together.
So, how is it that my saying “Have a great series of days off with your family and friends!” to everyone instead of just some folks a bad thing? It’s not.
(And if you’re offended, check your priorities and quit worrying about semantics. Obviously you’ve been duped by the right-wing conservative agenda, so get to the doctor and get that cleared up so you can enjoy some family time this season.)
Peace and Love,