The War on Christmas

Don't say 'Christmas', dammit!

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There is no war on Christmas. People say “happy holidays” because there is more than one holiday at the end of the year. There’s Christmas, Solstice, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and even Festivus. Pardon me for trying to be inclusive! Even if the entire population was Christian, it would still be appropriate to wish someone happy holidays. Don’t Christians also celebrate New Year’s?

Furthermore, this entire November/December period is known as “the holidays”, because it includes Thanksgiving. That’s three holidays in the span of six weeks that Christians celebrate. Sometimes people say “happy holidays” just because they want you to have an enjoyable season. After all, the whole Christmas period is one of the most stressful times for many of us. Wouldn’t you want to be cheered up a little during that time?

Christians are in the majority. They need to get off this persecution complex. Yes, the persecutor can be persecuted. That’s why we have reverse-racism. That’s why women can be sued for sexual harassment. But you need to be able to provide at least a little proof that you’re being slighted, persecuted, or oppressed. Sometimes when a member of an ethnic minority (pick any, they’ve all done it) is arrested or fired or been given crappy service in a store, he’ll scream racism. Yes, in some cases it is. But in other cases, he really is a crook or a bad employee or shopping in a crappy store.

Most of the time, the person saying “happy holidays” has nothing but the best of intentions. He’s being sensitive to your feelings! He doesn’t want to make presumptions about you or make you feel marginalized. He’s trying to send the signal that it doesn’t matter who you are or what you are, your value in society is as great as anyone else’s. That it doesn’t matter whether you are a member of the majority religion or not, you’re welcome in America too. If that offends you, it says a lot more about you than it does about the well-wisher.

5 Responses to “The War on Christmas”

  1. Bunkie Says:

    Well said! And Happy Holidays to you!

  2. Cognitive Dissident Says:

    Great post!

    I’ve always thought that those who proudly proclaim their lack of knowledge of–or interest in–”foreign” holidays are essentially saying that only their tribe’s rituals are important, that only their clan’s traditions deserve recognition, that only their kin’s opinions are worth considering. We are ill-served by such parochialism in a steadily shrinking world.

    Happy holidays to you all!

  3. vjack Says:

    Thanks for the reminder. Today is a perfect day to get the steel Festivus pole down from the attic.

  4. Lindsey P Says:

    “Reverse-racism”?

    No such thing. Racism is racism.

  5. Ron Britton Says:

    Lindsey:

    You are correct that racism is racism. The term “reverse-racism” is referring to a specific type of racism. It’s just like having more than one word for snow. Sometimes a different term can be more specific.