Merry Christmas vs. Happy Holidays

It’s that time of year again… The time of year where people drive me crazy more than usual. 

Today’s post doesn’t have anything to do with pets, kids, or travel.  Today is about something else.  My complete bewilderment on why this is even an issue in the media, on Facebook, and among my friends.  I just don’t understand.  I’m looking for some feedback on this post, so if you feel inclined to comment, please do so. 

I’m sure you’ve all seen it… angry Christians posting/commenting/screaming about how corporations and stores are trying to take the “Christ” out of “Christmas.”  

This is why I think this entire argument is ridiculous: 

Christmas is the most prominent holiday this time of the year.  However, there are several other holidays that are celebrated as well. 

So why is it that one religion believes that they should get priority over all of the others?  Why do Christians feel that they’re the only people who deserve to be mentioned?  I haven’t seen arguments of “Happy Hanukkah” vs “Happy Holidays,” or anything about Kwanzaa.  No, it’s only the Christians that seem the most vocal about their disdain for the “Happy Holidays” greeting.  Is it due to Christmas being the most commercialized holiday out of all of those celebrated this time of year?  Or is there some underlying cause that I’m not aware of? 

I’m Christian.  

When I hear “Happy Holidays” or see it written on a storefront, it doesn’t send me into a crazy rage.  I don’t feel the urge to sceam, yell, kick my feet, or boycott the store. You know why?  Because I’m aware of the fact that not everyone else chooses the same faith as myself.  I’m also aware that Christmas isn’t the only thing that is celebrated this time of year.  I can’t be the only one, right?  Not everyone believes the same thing.  And I’m okay with that.  I actually believe in Freedom of Religion.  I don’t need to run around making it my winter-time mission to shove Christmas down everyone’s throat that doesn’t believe or celebrate the (extremely commercialized) holiday. 

When thinking of this from the typical business view, of course they’re going to say “Happy Holidays!”  Because why would they cater to just one particular group of many?  Millions of people celebrate Christmas, and millions don’t.  By saying “Happy Holidays” they’re able to include everyone.  Whereas the Christian movement’s attempt to force everyone to say “Merry Christmas” excludes everyone else.  Why do they want to exclude everyone?  I just don’t understand. 

Either way, I’m sick of it.  I’m sick of seeing my Facebook feed covered in this crap.  If you choose to exclude every other religion this time of year and pretend that they don’t exist, then there’s nothing I can do to stop you.  Everyone celebrates this season their own way, and if they choose to spend their energy being angry and flying into a rage each time they see/hear “Happy Holidays” then I feel sorry for them. 

I choose to celebrate by making homemade gifts for my loved ones, spending time with them, and being thankful for everything I have and how far I’ve come.  

Everyone has their own point of view, we will never all be the same.  Why can’t we just accept that people are different?  I hope that one day, people will stop trying to force everyone to see/live through their eyes.  We should be celebrating our diversity.

3 thoughts on “Merry Christmas vs. Happy Holidays

  1. The argument I keep seeing is the whole “this country was founded on Christianity” thing. That may be true, but there was never any law saying it is the only allowed religion, and we’ve let many others into this county. I feel stores/people can do whatever the hell they want. Do I go around saying “happy holidays”? No, I say merry christmas since it’s what I celebrate. Will I get upset if someone wishes me happy holidays, kwanzaa, or chanukah? Not at all. Thats their thing. Take the sentiment and wish them a merry christmas back. Then again, the whole hype in the media over the change is just ridiculous. People are just too damn sensitive these days, and i’m sure there are more important things to be concerned about.

  2. I love this blog wish there was a way for me to share it on my Facebook page cause this goes along way and would really help some people understand the holidays better, I think. I always enjoy reading your blogs!!

  3. Quit trying to force me to accept other people Jenn, I don’t appreciate it. You know the whole “Happy Holidays” thing is really geared towards people who want to have happy holidays. What if I don’t like being happy? What if I like being sad and it offends me when people tell me to have happy holidays? Well, come to think of it, if it offended me, then that would kind of make me happy, since I don’t like being happy and it helped me not be happy. I think I may have just time traveled a little bit. Merry Christmas!!!

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