Saturday, December 13, 2008

Politically Correct Christmas?

Merry Christmas all you bloggers out there in blogger land. It may not be politically correct to say it but say it I do with all the emotional feeling to go with it. Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas.

I am not some anti-Semite or other hate monger as our PC society would have you believe. No, I am a God fearing, Christ believing Christian. There I said it. WOW that feels good. I want it to be known that I am respectful of all religion or lack thereof. In fact my own religion teaches tolerance of all beliefs and faiths.

So why is it that I am supposed to say Happy holidays instead of Merry Christmas? Are we really supposed to give in to all the commercialism of this season and forget about the true meaning? My Jewish friends are respectful of me and wish me a merry Christmas and I wish them a Happy Chanukah.

Don't get me wrong I love all the traditions of Christmas but isn't it all about the giving and sharing?

So what do I do when someone says, "Sorry I don't believe in that!" when I wish them a blessed and merry Christmas? After all, they ARE getting gifts wrapped and are waiting in line with their kids to see Santa. I know many atheists who celebrate Christmas so what's the deal? Is it the word blessed? Geez, forgive me for the atrocity!

I will not preach to someone who does not want to be preached to but are we to the point where Christianity is to be locked away and hidden from the world? I would not ask anyone else to shelf or hide their beliefs so why should I?

Well, leave me your thoughts stalkers. And as always, Have a great day!

And MERRY CHRISTMAS!

19 comments:

fiona said...

WooHoo I'm first * going all shy*
As they say " it is what it is " and in my humble opinion no apologies necessary.
My kids learn about Hanakka, Kwanzaa, las Posadas etc at school but dare they say Merry Christmas?
Not without guilt.
Oy Vey from a protestant Scot!

RhondaLue said...

MERRY CHRISTMAS! I don't care if people say either one, I'm just happy for the sentiment. I always look at "Happy Holidays" to cover not just Christmas but also New Years.

But now my eyes have been opened and I think I'll be offended about it from now on! j/k!!!

Merry Christmas Blogstalker!!

Ronda's Rants said...

We ring bells for Salvation Army every year so I say Merry Christmas to those who say Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday to those who say Happy Holiday! To those who say nothing...I say Thank you very much! I am not offended by either choice...I think the issue is not to say it but to just be respectful of those who are not Christian!
Really, Christmas has become so commericalized...it doesn't really look like a spiritual holiday to most other religions anyway!
But...Blogstalker friend...
I wish you a very Merry Christmas from the bottom of my heart and thank you for all your great questions and thoughts!
May you feel loved by family and friends alike and May God bless you all year!!!!
Love, Ronda

cornnut32 said...

merry christmas!

i am a devout christian and i think it is very important to learn about other religious holidays. this year we went to our local jewish arts festival and joined the community in preparing for chanuka. my baby has board books about kwanzaa. like you, it makes me sad that we can't all be respectful of others beliefs. if i say merry christmas to a friend and they say happy chanuka, that's great! i don't care! no offense taken at all!

i work at a law firm and this year i was put in charge of our holiday cards. it is a small firm, and all of the employees are christian. however, because many of our clients may not be, the board of directors requires that our cards do not say "merry christmas." they have to say happy holidays. how sad it is that even in picking out seasonal cards we can't say merry christmas.

well, i say merry christmas! merry christmas! happy kwanzaa! happy chanuka!

Mike said...

Merry Christmas. And by the way, this better not be your last post before Christmas or we'll all track you down and kick your merry butt.

Rhonda said...

Oh, I so love this debate!!!

I was in a store last Christmas and the young cashier wished the lady two people ahead of me a Merry Christmas and she responded with "You know, you aren't supposed to say that anymore. You're supposed to say Happy Holidays."

Huh?

So I looked at both of them and said "You shout out Merry Christmas loud and clear to anyone you want to and if they want to come back with a Happy Chanuka, fabulous. That is their choice. This is a multi-cultural nation and we have to be accepting of their cultures and traditions just like they should have to be accepting of ours."

In public schools, they are not to talk about "religion", so as not to offend people. However, they celebrate halloween without a second thought.

We have a sign as part of our Christmas light display on our front gate that says "Christ IS Christmas".

And that's just he way it is.

Miss J said...

Its true. If we didn't want it to be about Christ then it shouldn't have the name in the title. (PS I'm a Jew, but whatev....) Couldn't agree more. Oh and hey- stalk my blog.

Veggie Mom said...

Merry Christmas, Happy Channukah, Festive Kwanza, etc., etc., etc. At our school they call it "winter break." I don't care what they call it, as long as we get the time off!

Tulsi said...

I say Merry Christmas when specifically speaking of Christmas. Which is really right now. I use Happy Holidays when encompassing the New Year. The whole "don't say Christmas" is just stupid to me. I'm what people call "Native American" but Indian doesn't offend me. I prefer American Indian if they have to be "correct". What has the world come to when we have to think and rethink anything we say? No matter what it's going to offend someone just because they need something to complain about. Just smile at the thought and say thank you. Sometimes being nice went the way of someone holding the door open for you.

Weaselmomma said...

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!!!

Well said and you are not alone.

Shea said...

I say Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!

caron said...

I am SOOO glad you wrote this post!

Aprilyn said...

Merry Christmas!! I hope your CHRISTMAS is BLESSED and Happy too. Heck, I hope that whatever holiday people celebrate, they have a good one. Just leave Christ in Christmas and we will all get along.

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Summer said...

Oh- isn't it crazy?!! It's the biggest double standard in history.

petra michelle; Whose role is it anyway? said...

Merry Christmas, Blogstalker!

KeepinUnity said...

i was christen a christian,i dont go church or belive in god for that matter either...Merry Christmas anyway,i just enjoy spending time with my family and havein a good meal,i see it more as nearly the end of the year and have a good old think about what ive achived or not for that matter..dont have kids so idont have the same experience with it all. I say Merry Christmas to everyone n anyone,its cheerfull thing to say imo Blessings To All xox

EmmaP said...

yeah - i always thought it was trite that others are allowed to wish ME a Happy Hanukah, or Kwanza, but I can't say "Merry Christmas"??? I mean Valentine's day is named after St. Valentine, and I am not Catholic. But I still say "Happy Valentine's" and get/give/suck-down chocolate. And Halloween comes from the pagan holiday "Hallow's Eve" and I'm no Pagan. So what's up with that??? I say - if Hallmark can make a card about it, I can sure as heck say Merry freakin Christmas! [exhale] I feel so much better now.

Jenny said...

Merry Christmas!

Happy Hanukah!

Mother Goose said...

I say merry christmas because I believe in christ and I believe in santa. I don't really care what others believe. If they don't believe in christmas than they can say Happy Hannukah, kwanza or happy holidays. But, I will say Christmas.
He is the reason after all.

Secondly, if they say I don't believe in that. I always say oh well, Happy Halloween and not be mean at all. I truly wish them a happy halloween.

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