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{November 20, 2011}   Merry Christmas OR Happy Holidays?

It’s that time again. The time when controversy will be had for saying Merry Christmas instead of the more politically correct Happy Holidays. Just to throw this in there: If it’s truly Separation of Church and State, since when did Politics get to tell me whether I can say Merry Christmas or not?

Obviously, I say, “Merry Christmas” and at least in the area I live in, I, as of yet, have not been reprimanded and told that I am wrong. If I ever am, you can bet I will stand up and say, “You can say what YOU want and I will say what I want!”  If another person has an issue with saying “Merry Christmas” or having a “Christmas” tree, then they can call it whatever they want. Call it “Happy Merry Time” and call your Tree a “Holiday” Tree and I could personally care less. As long as you let ME say Christmas, I will let you say what you want. This is really all another case of “If you want me to tolerate you, then learn to tolerate me.” If you force ME to say “Happy Holidays”, then that’s offensive to me because I’m not forcing YOU to say, “Merry Christmas.”

I realize and respect there are other religions that don’t celebrate Christmas because they celebrate Hannukah, Kwanzaa, etc. I have no issue with that and if I KNOW you celebrate a different holiday, I will wish you a Happy Hannukah, Kwanzaa, etc. If I say, “Merry Christmas” and you don’t celebrate it, feel free to politely, but not rudely tell me what you do celebrate and I will respectfully apologize and correct that matter. I think the whole “Happy Holidays” was originally created to avoid this issue so it could sweep all the holidays under one umbrella, but if you’re a Hannukah or Kwanzaa supporter, would it bother you to have to say “Happy Holidays” instead of “Happy Hannukah” or Kwanzaa? And what if the Menorah was changed to a “Holiday Eight Day Candle” to be considered Politically correct? Would you take issue with that?

I just personally think politically correct has gone way too overboard. What do YOU think?

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Giving Thanks Day 20: Today, I give thanks that although it may be considered politically incorrect, I can still say “Merry Christmas” and not have to worry that I will get thrown in jail or killed for it. At least not yet. I fear a day will come when that might happen, unless people can grow up and let people celebrate what THEY want without being bossed around. Our country is supposed to be the land of the free, NOT the land where you can only say and do what the government wants you to!

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I share your sentiments! All this PC mumbo jumbo is driving me mad! It’s “Happy Christmas” end of.
Should I feel offended when they say happy Dwali? No of course not. I say happy Dwali back.
In the UK the BBc (Television station) are trying not to use B.C and A.D to define a period of time this is a step to far in PC madness.
As far as madness goes if I went to a muslim country I would respect their beliefs and way of life. I expect the same courtesy of muslims in Christian countries.
I read in a Portuguese newspaper schools were being forced to take down the crucifix in classrooms. WHAT!

I believe all creeds and races should live together in harmony. Positive descrimation will never be the answer IMHO

PiP 😉



I have to say I have never heard of Dwali until your comment, but I’m sure I will eventually hear about it. Never heard of the B.C. and A.D. thing…I don’t get why it should matter to people if they left it alone? But then again, I also don’t understand why people can’t just leave “Merry Christmas” alone!
I totally agree with you about going to a different country and respecting their beliefs and I feel like even if one didn’t, they would be forced to a lot more than what people are forced to here in the U.S. where I live!
I’ve never seen a crucifix in classrooms honestly…I also agree everyone should live together in harmony.



dougindeap says:

Feel free to say whatever you want. It is important to distinguish between the “public square” and “government” and between “individual” and “government” speech about religion. The constitutional principle of separation of church and state does not purge religion from the public square–far from it. Indeed, the First Amendment’s “free exercise” clause assures that each individual is free to exercise and express his or her religious views–publicly as well as privately. The Amendment constrains only the government not to promote or otherwise take steps toward establishment of religion. As government can only act through the individuals comprising its ranks, when those individuals are performing their official duties (e.g., public school teachers instructing students in class), they effectively are the government and thus should conduct themselves in accordance with the First Amendment’s constraints on government. When acting in their individual capacities, they are free to exercise their religions as they please. If their right to free exercise of religion extended even to their discharge of their official responsibilities, however, the First Amendment constraints on government establishment of religion would be eviscerated. While figuring out whether someone is speaking for the government in any particular circumstance may sometimes be difficult, making the distinction is critical.



I prefer to say “Merry Christmas” because that is what I celebrate and ba-humbug to political correctness! Everybody should be free to use their own greetings.



I have a lot of friends who celebrate the holiday according to their religion so I’m always appropriate for them. In general, I say happy holidays or merry christmas the same way, I don’t think it matters a lot. I’m not religious and I only believe in Santa Claus, so I’m pretty open to all options. I think it’s just the point, not to enforce one over the other and make sure people are enjoying the end of the year celebrations, no matter what.



Yea, which is fine as long as no one forces me or anyone else to not say “Merry Christmas”…like I said, I don’t mind if others want to say something else, just as I long as I am allowed to say what I want.



eof737 says:

I agree with you on that one…. I think we should honor and celebrate all the holidays with vim and verve … 🙂



Happy Holidays! Merry Christmas! Happy Hannukah! Happy Kwanzaa! Hear, Hear!



The Hook says:

I think great bloggers think alike! I plan on covering this topic soon and I hope I do as good of a job! You rock, Sharon!



Oh, I am sure you will do awesome! I can’t wait to read it! 🙂



knotrune says:

I get the impression that it’s atheists who object, rather than people of other faiths. But not all atheists will admit they are offended, because they don’t think it’s right to admit that, so they say such greetings would offend people of other faiths, even if that might not actually be true. I won’t be offended if a Jew wished me Happy Hannukah and I hope they would not be offended by my continued reference to Christmas!

I’m more offended by the gross over-commercialisation which twists the point of it all beyond all recognition, but that’s a whole post, or series of posts!



I wouldn’t be offended if a Jew told me Happy Hannukah either, I would say it back happily and go on. I know there are other holidays being celebrated and I can kind of see where if it’s a big national event or something, there would be a cause to maybe say “Happy Holidays” just so you can encompass every holiday. I don’t have a problem with that. What I have a problem with is when I hear that people are actually corrected and told they can not say, “Merry Christmas”….that bothers me. Like I said, I don’t mind if others want to say differently, just let me say what I want. I have heard of atheists celebrating Christmas…at least way before all the controversy seemed to start. They just didn’t celebrate it for the same reasons as a Christian does. For some, Christmas is simply Santa Claus and giving and receiving gifts and there’s no “Christ” in it at all…..so just because one says Christmas doesn’t necessarily mean they are Christian. Of course, you have where people start to say Xmas, which is fine with me because X, in Hebrew or whatever, supposedly means Christ, so they aren’t taking Christ out of Christmas….they are just simply making themselves believe they are!



Haha I just say Merry Christmas too, I don’t think most people mind it even if they don’t celebrate it.



Anonymous says:

I think this whole thing is silly…Christians are looking downright…unChristian. “Happy HOLIdays” means exactly that–happy “holy days.” Why exclude anyone from the happiness? Everyone gets what you mean, regardless of the words you use when wishing them well for the season. Use the words that are most comfortable for yourself; don’t worry about the other guy, and get over whether you are being ‘politically correct’ or not.

Speaking of politics: Most religions, ethnicities and traditions include celebrating the mid-winter in one way or another. Seriously–Jesus was not born in a manger on Dec 25, 0001. The nativity myths were added to the Bible in order to convert pagans and promote Constantine’s political ambition to have a state religion. L2history.

While you’re at it, stop using the term “politically correct” as if it were, well, you know, politically INcorrect! Political correctness is nothing more than showing you have some slight understanding of the broader social context you interact in, and are able to demonstrate ‘social graces’ towards those not normally in your sphere.



Yeah, you’re right…I say both Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays…you won’t get any upset from me about anyone saying either to me. My only gripe will ever be if I am forced to say only ONE thing instead of what I want because then it’s not freedom anymore. Everyone can say what they want…:)



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