What happened to Merry Christmas

I am probably the least politically correct person you will ever meet in your entire life.? That’s not true. ? I think I come in a close second to my grandfather.? I hate that we had to change the names of everything in the order of “fairness.”? Kinda like in little league they give all the kids trophies despite their win-loss record.? And not keeping score.? What the hell is that all about.? What’s wrong with teaching our children healthy competition?? I just don’t get it.? Probably because on top of not being politically correct I am horribly competitive.? Man I suck.

Yesterday the boy and I went shopping at the local vegetable store to pick up some things for dinner.? Since I only had to cook one night this week I thought it best if I made it a good one.? (I made super fancy chicken pot pie.? I’d link the recipe, but I can’t find it.)? While at the vegetable store two different employees wished me a Merry Christmas.? I was impressed.? Come to think of it a clerk at our mega grocery chain wished me a Merry Christmas on Wednesday.

This got me thinking.? Why does it strike us when someone wishes us a Merry Christmas.? That’s right!? Politically correctness has wiped Merry Christmas from our vocabularies.? We wish people Happy Holidays as not to offend anyone.? Hell… even Starbucks makes “Holiday Blend” and sets it on the shelves right next to “Christmas Blend.”? Hate to tell you, it’s the same damn coffee.

Why can’t we wish people a Merry Christmas.? It’s not like the majority of people celebrate it as a religious holiday anymore.? Oh and that’s another thing.? I am so fricken sick of people shoving the jolly ol’ fat man down my kid’s throat.? Yes, Santa comes to our house, but that is not what Christmas is about in my book.? I don’t want that guy to be the main focus of our festivities.

So today may be Winter Solsice (and a Merry Happy Joyous one to you), but I’m still going to wish you a Merry Christmas.

Now if you’ll pardon me I’m going to magically morph myself into princess freak-out while I prepare for a meeting at the local newspaper.? Oops, forgot to tell you about that one did I?? Guess you’ll have to wait for the full report on Sunday.? Cause after my meeting I have to jump in the car, drive home, get the trusty husband and the boy, drive to Olympia, move everyone to the trusty FIL’s car and all drive to Portland.? There we’ll spend the night with one of the trusty Sis-in-laws then pick up the other trusty sis-in-law and her family at the airport and drive home.? And I’m not stressed at all.

13 Comment

  1. NEAL says: Reply

    The “War on Christmas” is a farce created by a Faux host to drive up ratings based on fear-mongering.

    If a friend of mine celebrates Chanukah, I wish them a happy one. If it’s generic person on the street, it’s happy holidays … for my friends who celebrate it, or they know me well, it’s Merry Christmas … oh and I make a point of saying a BIG Merry Christmas to my friends “across the aisle”, too.

    Good luck on the trip. I’m looking forward to the update on the conversation with the TNT, crafty lady … the kids are looking forward to O as well.

    Merry Christmas! from the L’s to the L’s.

  2. Ree says: Reply

    Merry Christmas! Have a safe and wonderful trip.

  3. Rebecca says: Reply

    Merry Christmas! I’m Jewish and it doesn’t bother me when someone wishes me a Merry Christmas especially as Hannukah has been over for weeks!!
    Take Care and Be Safe!

  4. Have a wonderful and safe trip! And I can’t wait to hear about the newspaper meeting!

    I say “happy holidays” because 1) I don’t assume that other people are Christian and 2) we don’t celebrate Christmas. If you celebrate Christmas and it’s a religious holiday for you, have fun and enjoy yourselves! If you celebrate Christmas and it’s a consumerism thing for you, have fun and enjoy yourselves! If you celebrate any of the other holidays that sometimes, but not always, fall near the solstice (which, really, is why Christmas is when it is), have fun and enjoy yourselves! If I know you celebrate Christmas, I’ll tell you Happy Christmas; if I don’t, it’s either Happy Holidays or Happy New Year. I get very Christmas-ed out this time of year; I don’t like it when people assume I’m a certain whatever: religion, political follower, name-your-flavor-here, hence the Happy Holidays or Happy New Year.

    But, since I know you and yours do celebrate Christmas: HAPPY CHRISTMAS!

  5. Jenny2 says: Reply

    Merry Christmas to you and your family.

  6. jenyum says: Reply

    I got hate mail from someone because the banner at the top of my Christmas page says “Happy Holidays.” (Apparently, so that I can not offend people who should go back to their own countries, according to this guy.) Never mind the fact that the page says “Christmas” I don’t know how many times and the actual link is tacomamama.com/christmas. (Because I worship the Google God way more than I worry about offending anyone.) People have gotten way too uptight about this, I don’t get it.

    I wanted to say, look, I’m not even Christian and I’ve got 4 pages of my site devoted solely to this holiday, and you’re sending me hate mail? Get a life and go back and take a social studies class. But that would be out of character for my blog, like telling people to “comment or I’ll kick your teeth in.” 😉

    I wanted to cover more winter holidays but just couldn’t find much information about public happenings related to anything but Christmas and New Year’s Eve. So if there’s a “war on Christmas” it’s an extremely unsuccessful one.

    Anyway, Merry Christmas! (which I celebrate too, in a more or less secular way)

  7. Raissa says: Reply

    You’ve got smart commenters! Good luck with your Christmas shuffle!

  8. Lena says: Reply

    GOD JUL!

    (That would be Merry Christmas in Swedish.)

  9. Liv says: Reply

    Merry Christmas!

  10. We are all too stressed at Christmas. Somehow we need to collectively simplify our lives!

    It is funny here because S. Korea has giant Christmas trees downtown with big crosses on the top. All the S. Koreans are totally fine with this even though only 1/4 of the people are Christian- the other 1/4 are Buddhists and the remaining 1/2 have no religion (this is approx of course). Anyway, there is no public outcry for the crosses like their would be in the states.

    Have a Merry Christmas!

  11. Hey – I am with you!!

    Merry Christmas to you and your family!!!

    And what’s the deal with the local newspaper??? Enquiring minds want to know…

  12. Rhonda says: Reply

    Funny that you blogged about this, because I was just thinking about the same thing the other day.

  13. kate says: Reply

    Merry Christmas, Elle. ;>

Leave a Reply