Wednesday, November 30, 2011

It's Beginning to Feel Alot like...the Holiday

Oh, fergoodnesssake, it's started again.

Is it REALLY a major statement for me to say "Happy Holidays" instead of "Merry Christmas" or "Happy Hannakah"?

Already I have heard it to death from some people that REJECTING the word "Christmas" is incredibly insulting and whatnot.  Seriously?

If you, for one moment, think that my choice of "Happy Holidays" is a part of some sinister plan or is, in some way, a condemnation on Christmas, then think again.  Fox News may enjoy creating WARS on ideas, but I do not.  Anyone who chooses to participate in any sort of war of ideas is already fighting a battle with themselves.

There are BILLIONS of people on this earth.  HUNDREDS or more different ideologies, philosophies, dogmas, and religions.  Anyone who sets out to claim a war of religion is setting themselves up to be a bully.  An angry bully.  It is audacity in the extreme to expect everyone to approve or agree with your actions.   So, relax, Man.  Honestly make an effort to enjoy the season without looking for the overworked cashier of every store in the mall to offer you kind wishes of your particular flavor of religion.

During this time of year, the Christians dominate the airwaves.  Most of us make many concessions to the loudly-proclaimed "Spirit of the season".  Most of us keep our mouths closed and walk through the mass-hysteria of commercialism wrapped up in a big Christian bow.  Most of us seek to enjoy the season for Goodness's sake.

If my custom of acknowledging the specialness of this time of year for MOST OF US is bothersome, I suggest you find someone else to carry you.  I am not responsible for upholding YOUR beliefs or for validating you.  I am honestly thrilled to be upholding my own.  And I am not persecuting you.  Seriously, you're barely even on my radar.

So, if you wish me a "Merry Christmas!"  I will heartily thank you for that.  If you send a "Happy Hannakah!" my way, I will accept that in the spirit in which it was offered.  And if you suggest that I enjoy my "Happy Solstice!" I will smile and know that you mean well.

My family and I enjoy Christmas.  We feel the peace, love, and joy of this holiday season.  I hope yours does too.

Happy Holidays.


  1. How dare you ignore my special made-up holiday!! Why I ought to...I don't know watch more Fox News! LOL. Folks are so silly. Somedays I just want to pat them on the head and hand them a straight jacket. Maybe I should paint a picture on my car window of all the little images associated with all the various holidays that take place during Dec. and then in big bold letters write Happy FUCKING Holidays! ;)

  2. And somehow they've missed that "happy holidays" comes from "holy days", so it's hardly an irreligious greeting, however secularized it may have become.

    Yet another manufactured "War on Christianity" propaganda bit meant to keep everyone upset and divided, while really important things get ignored.

  3. Just stumbled upon your blog and LOVE it! Absolutely great post. People, for some reason, prefer anger to peace. Who cares what it's called? We get the day off and get to open presents. I call that a WIN! :p

  4. Thank you so much for visiting my blog! I truly appreciate the comments!

  5. Ahh's the War on...overly sensitive Christian types. They're martyrs in their own minds. Love this!

  6. I will say this. I am such a grump at Christmas, if I say anything nice at all, one had better be thankful. I don't question people telling me Merry Christmas. I take it at face value that they are either devout or cultural Christians. They really have no reason to question how other people observe this season. And there it is: A Season.

    It's winter here in the N. Hemisphere. So everyone has some kind of feast day to celebrate the passing of the longest night of the year and the return of the Sun. Because after that, the days start to get a tiny bit longer. By Groundhog day, the days are long enough that we notice, and get that spring time itch, wishing everything would green up so we can wear shorts and see flowers. By the Equinox the flowers are peeking up, spring beauties--Narciss, and redbuds. Christians don't get to claim those either exclusively. Days and nights predate their calenders by significant stretch of eons-- As do angiosperms.

    And if the Christmas warriors don't pull their heads out their behinds, there won't be a merry anything once the runaway cycle starts with global climate change.


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