Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Ho Ho Ho, Happy Holidays

It’s the holiday season. And you know what that means. . .

. . . it’s that joyous time of year when fundamental Christianists begin their campaigns to boycott any department store that advertises “Holiday Specials” instead of “Christmas Specials.”

It’s also that time of year when most department stores try to be over-politically-correct by avoiding every iota of anything to do with “Christmas”.

I recently passed by Macy’s in downtown Chicago and noticed their window displays. It was so obvious that they were trying their best to avoid anything remotely indicating a religious holiday. Each window display simply had words like “SPARKLE” and “SHINE” and "SHIMMER" in big red and silver letters.

That’s just - - - well - - - stupid.

Pretty much the only music you hear in these stores nowadays is the instrumental, Sleigh Ride, over and over. . . .

Anyway, here’s how I look at it.

I’m all for saying “Happy Holidays” because it incorporates the whole gamut of days that we get paid for not coming into work; from Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day.

But advertising “Happy Holidays” isn’t reason enough to get your Christian panties in a wad, for crying out loud. I hardly see how that is an affront to one's religious beliefs.

If your belief in Christianity is so fragile that you can’t shop at a store where the employees say, “Have a nice holiday,” then perhaps it’s time to re-think your religious affiliation.

On the other hand, have we become so enamored with inclusiveness and political correctness that we can’t ever mention Christmas at all?

For example, this is not a “holiday tree”.

It’s a freaking Christmas tree. Get over it.

My grandmother always baked Christmas cookies.
She never baked ‘holiday cookies.’

This is a Hanukkah menorah. (Because it has eight candle branches instead of seven)

It’s not a "holiday menorah."

And yes, the Grinch stole Christmas. He did not steal ‘The Holiday.’

In three weeks, I’ll be traveling home for the holidays because I’ll be there during Christmas and New Year’s Day.

While I'm there, we will eat Christmas dinner, not a 'holiday meal'.

So, that's my little rant on all this nonsense.

Good gosh, I’m sounding starting to sound like Andy Rooney. . . .
In the meantime, I do hope you and yours have a wonderful holiday season.


At 8:34 PM , Blogger Breenlantern said...

of course, some of us say "Happy Holidays" because not everyone celebrates Christmas and many people celebrate many holidays this time of year (Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, Winter Solstice, Samhain, Festivus, Yule, etc.) so it's our way of including everyone in our wish for a joyous holiday season...I have no issues with anyone wishing anyone any greeting for the holiday they celebrate,I just happen to prefer to err on the side of inclusiveness....geez, since when was that a bad thing? Seriously, people need to appreciate the sentiment behind the wish and not the words...I still say thank you when people say God bless you even though I'm an athiest...maybe I should trample them to death true Walmart style in the spirit of Christmas, eh? Sigh...

At 1:08 AM , Blogger Miss Healthypants said...

The Grinch TOTALLY stole the Holiday!! :)


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