How ya doing?? Wendy just said something in relation to some recent commentary in the media about appropriate greetings to use for the….um…..eh…December 25th…umm…day. Apparently there are some who would like to control what we say in regard to the upcoming holiday. Merry Christmas is becoming something we are apparently not supposed to say anymore.
Now before I get going here, let me just say this first, I believe that most of us walking and talking are crazy, and that includes me and you….just saying.
That said, and out of the way, let’s get to it shall we?
Happy Holidays Or Merry Christmas
It seems that some members of the media and perhaps some special interest groups would prefer that you and I not say Merry Christmas, or Happy Christmas, or perhaps Christmas at all. They would like to see Christmas removed from the dictionary and from popular culture and language, obstensibly because Christmas is not “their” celebration and we might offend them. In it’s place, those of us who strive to be politically correct are supposed to say “Seasons Greetings” or Happy Holidays.
Offend them? I am offended by them. Whoooomever “them” are. Christmas is our holiday here in Canada, one of many, but let’s face it, this is a big one. It is founded on ideas from the Christian faith, along with the Greeting Card and Retailers Faiths who have managed to turn it into a big, expensive event.
Replacing Merry Christmas with something generic such as “Seasons Greetings” or “Happy Holidays” would really screw stuff up. Nobody would really know what we were celebrating because we could say Seasons Greetings to celebrate the summer season, or the trout fishing season or deer hunting season.
Happy Holidays would be thrown around for vacations, Canada Day, Labor day weekend and just about any “holiday” that came along. There is also the Santa Claus issue? Is the old fella going to get confused if he doesn’t see Christmas on the calendar? Instead, some reference to Happy Holiday? Is he going to fire up the sleigh and try to deliver Christmas presents on Thanksgiving?
Not only Santa, what about police, firefighters, doctors, nurses and others who have to work during Christmas, it is hardly a Happy Holiday for them.
Also considering that there are untold religions, faiths, organizations, cults and greeting card days, (i.e.Grandparents Day, Uncles Day etc) We’d be saying Happy friggin Holidays every friggin’ day for some reason or another.
Looking a little deeper, perhaps this is not really a movement designed to replace Merry Christmas, this might be a movement that is designed to replace “hello” or “hi” That’s because there is always a holiday for someone, so by not saying Happy Holiday you might offend someone and God Forbid we offend anyone….we’re much better at letting them offend us.
Maybe we should do away with holiday greetings altogther and just say “Happy Friggin’ Day” everyday. Then we cannot go wrong.
Well I am taking a small, albeit unimportant stand on this topic, from here on, if you say “Happy Holidays” to me, I won’t be returning the salutation. In fact, I think I will stick with the tried and true, “How you doing?”
Gotta go, I think Wendy wants me to put some holiday decorations on the December Holiday Tree.
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