Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Merry Holidays, Happy Christmas! .......................

Ah, the Great Debate rears its ugly head again.
This is the time of year that some hapless store clerk will wish the wrong customer
"Happy Holidays" instead of "Merry Christmas",
and the customer will get in an uproar.

Now, I'm a "Merry Christmas" kind of girl myself,
but can we please get over the whole "Merry Christmas vs "Happy Holidays" debate?
My e-mail inbox (and now Facebook) is inundated with this nonsense
every year in November & December.
"Boycott any store that doesn't say 'Merry Christmas'!"
"Send this to everyone you know to get the message out!"


Because, really, it's a waste of your time and a silly argument to boot.
Think about it this way . . .

"Christmas" is a bastardized version of "Christ's Mass", a clear religious reference.
"Holiday" is a bastardized version of "Holy Day", a clear religious reference.
I got no problem with that.
Christmas is indeed holy.

What's the problem folks?
They both acknowledge clear religious origins. It's a win-win for everyone!

So when those poor, underpaid store clerks wish you "Happy Holidays",
don't get your knickers in a twist.
It is sooooo not worth it and it will diminish your spirit.
This time of year should uplift your spirit, right?

Just return whatever greeting you choose and smile with the knowledge
that their 'secular' greeting includes a religious message after all.
They just don't know it.
Problem solved.

How 'bout this - let's just take a cue from these guys.

1 comment:

Sista G said...

Here, here - I couldn't agree more!! People fuss and whine about everything these days - "can't we all just get along?"

Love ya!