Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Merry Christmas vs. Happy Holidays: Valerie's opinion.

In our office, we honor those who celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, and those who love chocolate.
We literally couldn't find any Kwanzaa decor.

Not that anyone cares, but I feel like I gotta say this: Christmas isn't the only holiday happening right now.

To me, saying, "Happy holidays!" is not a slap in the face to Christmas. I really just don't get why people think it is.

I start saying "happy holidays" around Thanksgiving, which, to me, marks the beginning of the "holiday season".  As I've said before, I'm an admin on a wives and girlfriends of the army facebook page, and it just amazes me how big of a knot some people's underwear are in because of this.

Before you start thinking I'm a liberal nut: I think calling a Christmas tree a holiday tree is idiotic. No other holiday that I am aware of uses a tree in that way for decoration. If you're talking about Christmas, say Christmas, don't cop out to holiday.

- back to my rant -

Do NOT correct me for saying "happy holidays." If I don't know your religious feelings or I am speaking to a large group, this is what I say. And guess what, just because Hanukkah or Kwanzaa isn't a holiday that you celebrate doesn't make it any less of a holiday. Oh, and Christmas is a holiday; so saying happy holidays kind of covers everything. I'm sure this is why people started saying it in the first place. It is an inclusive statement, and though I'm a bit of a failure at organized Christian religion, I'm pretty sure inclusiveness was Jesus' thing.

Just because the US is a predominantly Christian country doesn't mean that a Christian holiday should just dominate the month of December and those who do happen to celebrate Christmas should completely disregard other peoples' beliefs.

And I guess as far as people getting all grumpy in the other direction and wanting nativities taken down goes: ask for a symbol of your celebration to be put up as well. and if you don't celebrate anything, shut up.

Also, here's a list of all the stupid holidays in December. I've highlighted my personal favorites (source: Holiday Insights):
1 Eat a Red Apple Day
2 National Fritters Day
3 National Roof over Your Head Day
4 Santas' List Day
4 Wear Brown Shoes Day
5 Bathtub Party Day
5 Repeal Day - The 21st Amendment ends Prohibition. I'll drink to that!
6 St. Nicholas Day
6 Mitten Tree Day
6 Put on your own Shoes Day
7 International Civil Aviation Day
7 Letter Writing Day
7 National Cotton Candy Day
8 National Brownie Day
8 Take it in the Ear Day
9 Christmas Card Day
9 National Pastry Day
11 National Noodle Ring Day
12 National Ding-a-Ling Day
12 Poinsettia Day
13 Ice Cream Day
13 Violin Day
14 National Bouillabaisse Day
15 National Lemon Cupcake Day
16 National Chocolate Covered Anything Day
17 National Maple Syrup Day
18 Bake Cookies Day
18 National Roast Suckling Pig Day
19 Look for an Evergreen Day
19 Oatmeal Muffin Day
20 Go Caroling Day
21 Mayan Calendar End
21 Humbug Day
21 National Flashlight Day
21 Look on the Bright Side Day
22 National Date Nut Bread Day
23 Roots Day
24 National Chocolate Day
24 National Egg Nog Day
25 National Pumpkin Pie Day
27 Make Cut Out Snowflakes Day
27 National Fruitcake Day
28 Card Playing Day
29 Pepper Pot Day
30 National Bicarbonate of Soda Day
31 Make Up Your Mind Day
31 Unlucky Day

Perhaps people wishing "happy holidays" are referring to all that there is to celebrate according to the powers that be who make up unnecessary holidays. So there.

and, yes, i deemed that rant important enough to use correct capitalization.