It seems as though no matter how good I’ve been all year, no matter how many times I go to church and no matter how much money I spend on material things that bring me only fleeting joy, I still have to deal with this crap every freaking holiday season: PUT “CHRIST” BACK IN “CHRISTMAS”.
My annoyance stems not from the position that saying “Happy Holidays” is an attack on Christmas (I don’t care), nor from the position that saying “Merry Christmas” is an insult to those whose faith, or lack thereof, doesn’t include Christmas (again, I don’t care).
My annoyance stems from the fact that people actually care enough about this trivial issue to pollute my internets and airwaves every year with their vapid and incessant bickering.
Here’s how I see it.
I’m sick of your PC crap!!!
Conservatives looooooove the anti-politically-correct platform. It’s a broader issue than I care to discuss here, but the Christmastime holidays constitute a disproportionately large part of their entire argument.
The fact is, Christmas is the holiday we celebrate on December 25. We (the United States) have celebrated Christmas on this day for our entire existence, and the rest of the world for quite awhile before that. Regardless of your faith, or the fact that Christmas is the holiday that is disproportionately celebrated in the United States (more on this later), picking an American at random and wishing them a “Merry Christmas” will, I believe, be the correct greeting roughly 70% of the time.
If you’re not Christian, or don’t otherwise celebrate Christmas, someone wishing you a “Merry Christmas” is not an underhanded attempt to 1) convert you to Christianity, or 2) make you feel left out. Particularly when you see generic holiday signs around malls and grocery stores, these are (admittedly corporate) gestures of goodwill.
tl;dr Take it at face value and move on with your life. Nobody’s trying to trample your faith, or lack thereof. Trying to have it censored is just stupid.
We must respect ALL the holidays!!!
The United States is not a Christian nation. It was not founded as one, its Constitution hints at its forbidden nature and the Supreme Court has explicitly ruled against integration of faith and politics, and the Pilgrims explicitly forbade its celebration (to counter the inevitable “but the pilgrims landed here to escape religious persecution!” bullcrap).
Furthermore, Christmas is a holiday that was yoinked from the pagans, along with the tree. This whole business of a “holiday tree” is absolutely valid, considering Catholicism assimilated it for the sole purpose of making its institution more favorable in the eyes of pagans who, through no coincidence whatsoever, had deep pockets.
Also, Jesus wasn’t even born on December 25. In fact, most historical research tends to place the birth around the spring, sometime in the March-June range.
Finally, “Jesus is the reason for the season” is an incredibly narrow-minded phrase that actively ignores many other religious holidays that fall around this time of year. For one, a “season” does not mean “one day”. For another, while the Jewish and Muslim holiday calendars do fluctuate (how about that crazy Gregorian calendar, eh?), their holidays also tend to fall around December.
tl;dr Grow a brain and step outside your comfort zone. Acknowledging that your faith isn’t the only one in this country would do you a lot of good.
Concluding Wisdom from the Ages
Please enjoy this special time of year and quit your annoying complaining. I assure you nobody wants to hear it except for those who already agree with you. Unless you enjoy echo chambers that much?