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.