I saw a couple of posts on this subject and thought I’d share the following with you. As with many of you, the whole “Happy Holiday” thing is a big pet peeve of mine. I make it a point to say to folks “Merry Christmas” especially when they wish me “Happy Holiday”.
For several years now yours truly has appeared at my church on Christmas Eve. Each year I come out at a certain point in the Mass (the Homily for you Catholics out there) and talk to the folks about the true meaning of Christmas. It’s very entertaining (and hopefully inspirational) for both the children and the adults. The Priest and I usually interact with each other or the congregation and everyone seems to get a kick out of Santa visiting during the Mass.
Each year the Priest and I come up with a theme for Santa's talk. I am still working on this year's, but I thought I would share with you what Santa had to say last year...
FATHER: Oh thank goodness you got here. I was beginning to worry.
SANTA: I’m sorry for being late. Very busy night you know. Thank you for inviting me back. I always look forward to my visits to here at St. Mary’s. I trust the new joke book I gave you last year was helpful.
FATHER: Well to tell you the truth. I may need some new jokes. The last batch isn’t really cutting it. Do you think you can do anything on such short notice?
SANTA: I’ll see what I can do.
(Santa addresses parish)
SANTA: Well now. Merry Christmas everyone! Oh come now. You can do better than that! Now let’s try that again shall we? Merry Christmas!
CROWD: MERRY CHRISTMAS!
SANTA: Ho! Ho! Ho! That’s much better! Did you notice I wished you all a “Merry Christmas” and not a “Happy Holiday”?
You know. I can remember it was only a few years ago that people would greet each other all the time with "Merry Christmas" or even “Happy Christmas”. Now hardly anyone says "Merry Christmas". Now it’s all "Happy Holidays", “Seasons Greetings”, or "Have a good one".
Oh I understand the concern not to offend anyone. But why should people take offense at greetings for a holiday that they don't happen to celebrate? Would any of us be offended if someone wished us Happy Chanukah? I would certain hope not. What could possibility be offensive about good wishes? Nobody gets offended at "Happy Thanksgiving” or "Happy New Year" or for that matter “Happy Birthday”.
So why not make it a point to wish people a Merry Christmas? And if someone does take offense, simply apologize. After all, Christmas is the birth of Christ. That’s why we celebrate Christmas. Isn’t it more appropriate for us as Christians to say Merry Christmas instead of Happy Holidays?
Well I don’t have a lot of time. After all this is my busiest night of the year you know and I must be on my way. But before I go let me wish all of you a Very Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year!
Two years ago I went into a Target around Christmas time to pick up a couple of things. While strolling through the “seasonal” isle I noticed a sign that read: “30% OFF ALL HOLIDAY TREES”.
I never heard of a "Holiday Tree" so I had to ask about them. I went directly to the service desk and asked the woman if they had any Christmas Trees. I told them I saw a sign for 30% off all Holiday Trees, but didn’t see any Christmas Trees there. I wanted to know if they would be getting any soon as I was looking to buy a Christmas Tree, not a Holiday Tree.
The woman looked at me like I had two heads. She told me that they were all Christmas Trees. I then told her that I wanted to purchase a Christmas Tree and if all they had were "Holiday Trees" then I would have to go over to Walmart to buy one.
I was watching the Christmas special of Blue Collar TV with Jeff Foxworthy, Larry the Cable Guy and Bill Engval, and there was a skit put on by Larry the Cable Guy where he does what's called a Pollically Corrected up Tale. He did 'Twas the Night Before Christmas. I can't remember how it was PC'd, but it was funny how he said it. Even though it was done tongue in cheek, there was a message there that I liked. This country is getting to uptight not to offend anyone, that we are getting stupid with what we can and cannot say. What happened to the first ammendment. Now I'm not a bigot or racist and agree with what you can't say with those issues, but when it comes to Christmas, Jesus and what not, what the @#%! is going on here?!?! (I'll get off my soapbox now)
MERRY CHRISTMAS ALL!!!
You couldn't hear a dump truck going through a nitro glycerine plant.