Archive for December, 2011

“Merry Christmas” or “Happy Holidays”

December 8, 2011

It’s that time of the year again.  The time around the winter solstice- important enough to primitive humans that they seem to have all made some sort of celebration tied to it.

And we, their descendants, have forgotten the reason the celebrations were begun.  The actual, real, ORIGINALreason for the season“.

So this also means that I have begun seeing the annual messages posted online that say something to the effect of “I will have a CHRISTMAS tree, not a ‘holiday tree’.  I will say ‘Merry Christmas’, not ‘happy holidays’, etc, etc.”

OK… congratulations, I guess.  What’s the big deal, and who says you can’t say that?

Christians seem to see themselves as under attack for preferring to say “Christmas” rather than anything else, but the thing is, I have never seen anyone other than Christians being offended by what anyone chooses to say at this time of year.

No one is trying to prevent anyone from saying “Christmas tree” or to force them to use the term “Holiday Tree”.  Christians aren’t being persecuted for saying “Merry Christmas”, but they most certainly are advocating the persecution of anyone who says anything else.

“Christmas” is the most common name for the winter solstice holiday at this point in history, so it is how I will usually refer to this season.  The underlying story is not true, but I don’t have to believe in fairy tales to say “Christmas” just like I don’t have to worship Norse gods to say “Thursday“.

So, Christians, chill out.  You’re only hurting yourselves with your brittleness.