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Thursday, December 17, 2009

Happy Holidays vs. Merry Christmas

Its that time of year, boys and girls. That's right, every year on this month, liberals and godless atheists around the country gear up in their masks and robes and serve a little fresh newborn baby and plot the annual war on Christmas.

Actually I was going to gripe about this whole semantic/ideological tom-foolery that goes on about this silly semi-religious holiday.

I saw someone on facebook join the group "its MERRY CHRISTMAS, not happy holidays!", and I wanted to ask him if he yells at every person who calls it a yam, "Its a SWEET POTATO, not a yam!" Because if I wish you Happy Holidays, its not because I carefully made a plan to deny Christmas. Honestly, I don't care that much - you care way more than I do, Mr. Red Faced Angry About The Holiday dude.

So in part, its just semantics. You say potato, I say potato. But I know that there also more to it than that. I'm one of those godless liberals. So yeah, I don't dig your nativity scene, or your Happy Baby Jesus Day, but I'm not going to be a dick about it to you. I like Christmas just fine. Its a fun time of year when we all pretend that we're much nicer and more generous than we really are. Its our one time of year that we are charitable and kind to our fellow humans. So I'm down with Christmas.

Come down off of your high horse, Holiday Agitators. Its Christmas to you, its Hanukkah to some, and Kwanzaa to others, and Solstice to still others. For me, its just a fun holiday.

For some of us, Christmas is flipping cool mostly because of nostalgia. Its a time that often reminds us of our childhood. It brings back emotions and tastes and feelings and memories of people and times and places and things long since past. I don't celebrate Christmas for Baby Jesus' sake. I don't celebrate it because I believe that Santa needs me to. Really, I just celebrate it because its fun and it reminds me of simpler time - when the most I had to worry about was grade school and the cute girl in class and presents.

So yeah, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.

And try to have a good time. Remember the part earlier about being nicer to folks this time of year? Take it to heart. When a godless liberal wishes you Happy Holidays, tell them "Merry Christmas!", or even "Happy Holidays!". Because its a holiday, and quite a few of us are happy about it.


Vincent Diakuw said...

Merry Christmas - or as my daughter shouted when she was 3... "Kai Sap!"

I'm leaping to the defense of 'godless atheists' - I've never met one who cared about any utterance of nostalgic goodwill...

...unless he also happened to be social engineering busybody.

Merry Christmas to social engineers everywhere!

Christopher B said...

Sure, you mention Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and even Solstice - but you omit Festivus?? You, sir, shall be the first I rail against during the Airing of Grievances!

(j/k - Happy holidays!!!)