That’s right, Let’s hear it for Santa. I know, I know, it is all PC and everything to say Happy Holidays, instead of Merry Christmas, but I’ve got something of an issue with this particular greeting (yeah, who’da thunk it, eh?) .
My problem is that not so much that Christ has been taken out of Christmas (no, this isn’t a rant about the commercialism of the holiday — I personally believe that the reason that all the attention focused on this of all holidays is precisely because of the commercialization of the holiday). No, I’m ‘round the twist on this one because Christmas itself has been removed from the holiday season.
You see, everywhere I go, people are wishing each other Happy Holidays, stores are having Holiday sales, schools are having Holiday concerts and plays, companies are having Holiday parties, and greeting card shops are selling Holiday cards. In fact in a number of places I see signs proclaiming the sale of items for Chanukah, Kwanza, and (coming in last) holiday items.
What? All of a sudden it is OK to talk about Chanukah and Kwanza, but not Christmas? Let me go out on a limb here and say that if it wasn’t for the fact that not only are there more Christians than other faiths (in this country at least), and if it wasn’t for the over commercialization of Christmas for the past 100 years or so in the first place, Plus (and this one is the biggie) that Christmas is the only Federally Mandated religious holiday on the calendar, no one would give a long leap into the Atlantic Ocean about all of the other holidays in the first place.
Think I’m wrong? Well then, you need to step over here, and see what others have to say on this very topic. (sound required, Warning, bad language used: Not Safe for Work )
So Ho! Ho! Ho! Let’s toast the fat guy with a round of Spiked eggnog, get lit, and then party down with the elves.