Sunday, December 21, 2014

Happy Holidays

So, I'm Christian.  During this time of the year I tell people "Merry Christmas."  But if they tell me "Happy Holidays," I'll tell it back to them.  Honestly, it doesn't affect me if someone prefers one or the other.  And if you want to tell me to have a happy Hanukkah," well good for you.  If you want to tell me to have a solemn Ramadan, I hope you have the same.  If you tell me to have a crazy Kwanza, you too (even though I still don't really know what all that entails).  And if you tell me to have a great Winter Solstice I will, and not just cuz it's my birthday.

What's my point?  I think people need to unbunch their panties when it comes to being so Nazi about they wish a good season upon someone's life.  So Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Solemn Ramadan, Crazy Kwanza, Great Winter Solstice, and whatever else may be important to you this time of year.

Yes, I understand that Christmas is about celebrating the birth of the Christ child in the tumultuous Middle East some 2,000 years ago.  But someone wishing me a "Happy Holidays" doesn't change how I celebrate and commemorate that momentous occasion.  After all, some of the most famous symbols of Christmas (the tree, Santa) heavily borrow from Teutonic paganism.  So why should someone saying "Happy Holidays" offend me?

Okay.  My rant is done.

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