Saturday, November 26, 2011
The War on Christmas
The thing that irks me the most during the Christmas season is how everybody has gotten into the habit of saying "Happy Holidays", even here in America, the most non-secular officially secular nation in the world. I prefer Merry Christmas instead because if it weren't for Christmas, December would just be another month with a Jewish holiday. If it weren't for Christmas, you wouldn't see snowflakes, trees and lights everywhere around town. If it weren't for Christmas, we wouldn't be saying "Happy Holidays" at all.
People say "Merry Christmas" is offensive to non-Christians. But Christmas is not just a Christian holiday anymore. It has grown into much more than the celebration of the Birth of Christ, in-fact the only place he's mentioned on Christmas is in Churches. Now its more about gift giving, kindness and togetherness (and mass consumerism of course). Completely secular celebrations.
Is saying "Happy Thanksgiving" offensive to Native American's? Probably, but that doesn't stop it from being mentioned everywhere in ads and on TV. Is saying "Happy Halloween" offensive to non-Pagans? No, because Halloween has secular celebrations as well that are widely practiced.
So say Merry Christmas this season. And if they say they're offended, remind them of the giving spirit of Christmas and not just the birth of Jesus.