Monday, December 24, 2007

Why I still say "Merry Christmas"

In this increasingly politically correct world that we live in, we are encouraged during this holiday season to say "Happy Holidays".  This is to show respect to all cultures that are currently celebrating a holiday during this month and indeed there are many holidays.  There is Kwanzaa, Eid, Hanukkah, etc., that currently share the same month as Christmas.  So, why won't I say "Happy Holidays"?  Don't I respect these other holidays?  I do, I just don't believe that I should change what I'm saying to reflect someone's sensitivity.  Let me explain.

Say I went to Saudi Arabia during the month of Ramadan and someone told me Happy Ramadan.  Being a Christian, does this then mean that I have a right to be offended that he said this.  No.  It would be my problem since I decided to go to a predominately Muslim country, and so I would have to respect there culture and traditions that they have in their country.  Its like going to Wendy's to expecting to buy a Whopper.  It would be completely stupid on my part to be offended.  But yet,  it seems that I'm a bad guy for saying "Merry Christmas".  I  don't believe that I am. 

In fact, I feel in many ways that saying "Happy Holidays" is even more disrespectful to everyone involved since it requires you to know absolutely nothing about someone's culture to say it.  Lets face it,  "Happy Holidays"  is probably the blandest term that we could give this season of holidays.  At lest, I believe it is.  I would rather just say happy Eid or Hanukkah, etc.  then to use the term "Happy Holidays".  Then again,  may be you disagree.  In any case,  I would like to hear from you.  How do you feel about this subject?

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