'Tis the Season for Political Correctness?

From atheist, to agnostic to newbie Christian, I am very interested in the “Happy Holidays” versus “Merry Christmas” hullabaloo. 

I don’t think that there is anything more boring, vague and generic than the phrase “Happy Holidays.”  Is there this great fear of offending someone who does not celebrate Christmas?  As a diverse culture, we embrace many religions…most recently; “Happy Hanukkah” (December 1-9.) 

The birth of America was founded on Christian principles of Biblical truth and Biblical thinking. Let’s review the first sentence of the Declaration of Independence:  “We hold these truths to be self-evident; that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”  Our founders acknowledged that “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” were gifts from our Creator…fundamental principles that were not given by government.  

“Christianity is part of our common law.” (1844 Supreme Court)

“No purpose of action against religion can be imputed to any legislation, state or national because this is a religious people. This is historically true.” (1893 Supreme Court)

“We are a Christian people, according to our motto.” (1930 Supreme Court)

Most people would agree that there are aspects of the Christmas season that are not perfect.  But even the non-Christian can appreciate the spirit of giving and the message of love. 

I am told every December that I should use “Holiday” versus “Christmas” at my company or I will lose business and turn off potential customers/employees and current employees, customers, and vendors.  I can’t do it. 

In my case, if I don’t know where I came from, it is going to be nearly impossible for me to establish where I am going.  Christmas is pinnacle in my life as are the philosophical origins of the Unites States of America.

I vote Christmas Parade.   I vote “Merry Christmas.”

11 Comments

  1. Lauren on December 17, 2010 at 2:52 am

    I think many people say “Happy Holidays” simply to include Happy New Year (and possibly even Happy Thanksgiving) along with their Merry Christmas.

    It should also be noted that Happy Holidays is no less faith based- where Christmas comes from Christ’s Mass, Holiday comes from Holy Day.

    My opinion: I am not offended by the use of either phrase, and I think it’s kind of silly and divise when others are.

    • Teresa on December 17, 2010 at 3:06 am

      Hi Lauren! Thanks for commenting. A few years ago I remember Lou Dobbs claiming that saying Happy Holidays is an attempt to exclude Christians. I thought that was ridiculous at the time, but after this particular season, I tend to agree. My observation is that Christmas has become less of a Christian-based holiday and more of a generic—cover every religion—holiday. I agree that it is silly to be offended. My personal preference is celebrating Christmas which carries through both my personal and business life.

  2. Christen Brummett on December 17, 2010 at 2:59 am

    It’s sad how easily people loose sight of the real meaning because they are scared to offend someone. I vote “Merry Christmas” too!

  3. David Watts on December 17, 2010 at 3:03 am

    As a business owner there is always a feeling anytime decisions are made to choose something that won’t offend anyone. We seem to always try to cater to everyone. I do think however that there are somethings that we need to take a stand on, it may be scary but I think there are tons of customers looking for someone to be different and let them know where they stand.

  4. Leonda Clements on December 17, 2010 at 3:28 am

    I completely agree with you. “Marry CHRISTmas and Happy New Year”

  5. Lisa on December 17, 2010 at 5:20 am

    …and your awesomeness continues. MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!! Thank you for following your heart.

  6. Kristi on December 17, 2010 at 4:27 pm

    As for me and my house…we will celebrate CHRISTmas! Thanks for your inspiration! Merry Christmas!

  7. Ronald Carlson on December 17, 2010 at 4:47 pm

    I love this, thank you for doing the right thing despite potential social consequences. This enslaved relationship you have to the truth has brought you good fortune!

  8. Allison Fowler on December 17, 2010 at 6:06 pm

    Merry CHRISTmas!!!!

  9. Heather Klinker on December 17, 2010 at 9:22 pm

    Once again well said. I look forward to reading this every week!!!

  10. Preeti on December 19, 2010 at 2:00 pm

    Where can we possibly be headed, if we are afraid to proclaim what we believe in? In this era of political correctness, I consider it WRONG not to stand by your faith. What are we teaching our children, if we fall to the wishy-washiness of the generic ‘Happy Holidays’?
    Unless we stand up for what we believe in, at home and at work, how can we expect to raise children (and future leaders) who will not give in to the generic viewpoint?
    Merry Christmas it is!

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