“Happy Holidays” … Bah, Humbug!

I think I’ve figured it out.

The last few days, I’ve been over at That Site, arguing with people (for a while, anyway, once the comments start to hit 40,50… 200… I quit) over the whole “Merry Christmas” vs “Happy Holidays” thing, and why “HH” is so offensive to the “MC” crowd.

The thing is, it really isn’t offensive. Annoying? Yes. Why? Several reasons, actually…

First, everybody (the Pagans, in particular) like to bring up that it’s not really Christ’s birth. Christmas was created to hijack the Winter Solstice from the Pagans, so it’s not really a valid holiday. I’d give that argument to them if Christmas hadn’t been celebrated on the same day for the last, oh, 2000 years or so. That kinda sets a precedent. And nobody says the Pagans can’t have Solstice, too. It’s managed to survive. I even know a few Christians who celebrate Midwinter, burn a Yule Log, and celebrate a few other Pagan Traditions.

Second, the HH’ers say that that phrase must be used because other religions are celebrating their holidays, too, and it’s “insensitive” to exclude them. Especially because they might be shopping for their own holiday.

Ok, let’s address that one at a time. Hanukkah and Kwanzaa both happen right around Christmas. Hanukkah is not, and has never been, a ‘high holiday’ for the Jewish faith. That distinction is reserved for Rosh Hoshana, Purim, and Passover. Kwanzaa was, literally, invented in 1966 by a man named Ron “Maulana” Karenga, of the United Slave Organization. It is now said that it is to celebrate African American Heritage, but many of its underpinnings are distinctly anti-American and anti-Christian (the idea that Jesus Christ was “psychotic”, for example, and that Christmas was a “white holiday that black people should shun.” Not nice stuff at all).

Gift exchanges for Hanukkah have only become popular over my lifetime. According to a Rabbi I once knew, before about the ‘70’s, Hanukkah was all about the lights, and very rarely involved gifts. And even then it would be a trinket, nothing like our massive Christmas Celebration.  The Gift-giving of Kwanzaa was specifically designed to compete with Christmas, but at a different time.

People seem to forget that all the stores are making buckets of money as a direct result of Christmas. It’s called “Black Friday” not because all the crowds make us mournful, but because that’s the day that all the stores are finally “in the black” for the year!! If Christmas Shopping was taken out of the equation, stores would still be trying to make up their losses, and nobody would know that anyone was shopping for a particular holiday, because without Christmas, there are no Hanukkah gifts, and Kwanzaa wouldn’t even exist!

Finally, and this is a biggie, people say that Christians are being arrogant, forgetting that there are other people in the country that don’t believe the way they do, and THAT’S the reason that everybody should be saying ‘Happy Holidays’ – so as not to offend. The thing is, I don’t think any Christians or those celebrating Christmas ARE forgetting that not everybody celebrates/believes (or not) in the same way. This all came about – this WHOLE mess – because some over-sensitive PC-nazis (and I mean that in the nicest way possible) got on this “Happy Holidays” bandwagon. And honestly? I don’t think people would even care about that, if it was distributed evenly throughout the year. But it’s ONLY Christmas that is targeted. Not New Year’s Day (because on Dec 26, go to a store, people say “Happy New Year” without reservation), not Valentine’s Day, not Halloween… nothing. It is absolutely hypocritical the way that it is applied. For example, Diwali (an Indian/Hindu holiday) began on Oct. 26th this year. I heard exactly NO ONE complaining that it was “insensitive” to say “Happy Halloween” and not “Happy Holidays”, so as not to exclude those of Indian descent.

So bugger on this “Happy Holidays”, nonsense!! Merry Christmas, everybody.

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16 Responses to “Happy Holidays” … Bah, Humbug!

  1. mssc54 says:

    Well written!

    And another thing.. the year is 2011AD! Guess why the AD?

  2. SKL says:

    Here’s my opinion.

    The correct response to Merry Christmas is “thanks, same to you.”

    The correct response to Happy Holidays is also “thanks, same to you.”

    I see nothing wrong with wishing merriness to everyone on Christmas, regardless of their religious / spiritual views. But if there’s something wrong with it, then the term “holidays” is every bit as offensive as “Christmas,” because there are people who don’t have any holidays that they observe in December, and some don’t believe in celebrating the religious beliefs they do hold. So if this is really worth changing our behavior, we should all be saying only “have a nice day.”

    And businesses should stop selling and displaying any kind of celebratory stuff, because PC should be absolute. And guess what. A lot of the people making profits off of Christmas are non-Christians. It wouldn’t surprise me to find that the majority of Christmas profits go to non-Christians. So let’s do them all a favor and stop their stream of ill-gotten gains.

    I got into it the other day over whether a community Christmas tree needed to be called a “Holiday tree.” This is one degree more absurd than the “happy holidays” greeting debate. Because everyone knows a decorated evergreen tree in December is a freakin’ Christmas tree. Without Christmas, nobody would even think to do that. Then you have all these people arguing “wait- trees were sacred to shuka-rukaloids in the dark ages” – get real. It’s a Christmas tree. If we call a Menorah a “holiday candlestick,” does that make Christians feel included in the Jewish celebration?

    How do people even come up with this stuff?

  3. Sue says:

    MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Vicki says:

    Sean says in the UK they say Happy Christmas.
    I say Merry Christmas but ive caught myself typing Happy holidays before too.

    • Laura says:

      I’ve always liked “Happy Christmas”. Maybe it’s because I’m an Anglophile, I don’t know. But it always seems so cheerful, even more than “Merry Christmas”

  5. Ellen says:

    Very well written Laura, and I had no idea people are making a problem out of this. What a nonsense, Merry Christmas and Happy holidays to all of you!!

  6. DM says:

    Merry Christmas to each of you believers…and a Happy Holidays to all the rest. I love snow. Nothing more exhilarating that setting roof trusses in a blizzard

  7. Joseph says:

    ‘Happy Holidays’ isn’t so bad. The root of Holiday is ‘Holy Day’, albeit unknown to those PC’rs.
    I DO hate the ALL encompassing ‘Season Greetings’. Phrase. Can someone specify more succinctly which ‘season’ you are greeting me on please.

    The mayor of the large city in our are is Jewish. He cut down (pun intended) the notion of calling it the ‘holiday tree’. He said it is Christmas and it is a ‘Christmas Tree’ and thus will be called so and changed it back to its proper name.

    I hate the fact that some will fight against ALL Christian holidays, yet they have no problem enjoy a the same holiday day off, such as Christmas, Good Friday, Easter and Easter Monday.

    But then I think Christians can be too sensitive themselves. Although Christmas is considered a ‘Christian’ holiday, but as you stated, much of the traditions and origins are in fact pagan in origin and does not hold as much spiritual significance as say Passover (aka Easter). Thus the demand for return to ‘Christian’ Christmas holiday is somewhat moot.

  8. Joy says:

    I remember when we “lost” our “Christmas” tree and it became a “holiday” tree. It made me sad then and it makes me sad now. I think in this case, most often it’s the squeaky wheel that gets the grease and it only takes a few people with a different opinion or religion who are loud and obnoxious and people just give in to them because it’s easier.


  9. Jenny says:

    MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL!!!! And I have no problem saying that!

  10. Nikki says:

    None of it makes any difference to me. Call it what you want. If someone says “Happy Holiday’s” to me, I say it back. Same for “Merry Christmas.”

    I say both, depending on where I am, and who I’m with. I normally say, “same to you.” I would never call the tree a Holiday tree. It is a Christmas tree, always has been in my life and always will be. I think all religious can be too sensitive to what to others say or do, at times. I do my own thing, and don’t worry about what anyone else believes, or says.

  11. SKL says:

    Today an image flitted through my mind. It was Rodney King in a Santa suit saying, “can’t we all j-just get along?”

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