Happy Holidays. I was just given a brief lesson in bigotry, courtesy of one who shamed me and others for saying Happy Holidays instead of Merry Christmas. And then, when challenged, realized the error and expanded to a grand total of two religions that were worthy of mention and suggested that instead of saying Happy Holidays, that it would acceptable to say Happy Hanukkah and Merry Christmas. Did I just Rip van Winkle but backwards in time, or did I just bump into someones who have the gift of time travel and were transported to the present from some more bigoted time in the past. Or is it really that bigoted now?
Do Christians really feel so insecure about their religion that if someone says, “Happy Holidays,” they are offended and wishing shame upon them? Or did I just bump into two bad apples? Do people think that referring to Holidays means that something is being celebrated “instead” of Christmas? Is that what is going on? People thinking that this is an either/or thing? Or that all the colored light “belong” to one group or another?
Others truly believe that this has something to do with political correctness.
To anyone who finds the phrase Happy Holidays to be unacceptable or inappropriate, maybe you can find your way to, instead of picking one and damning all the rest, celebrate them all.
I, myself, hereby declare that I am on permanent Holiday, starting today, Bodhi Day and the beginning of Hanukkah, through the Winter Solstice and a very special birthday, to Christmas, and rounding it all off with Kwanzaa for the remainder of the month and up through the New Year.
Unless the Mayans are right and we don’t make it past the Solstice.
There is a whole lot to be celebrating, to be joyful for, with, in and to. And isn’t that the point? If I need to squeeze it all in by the 21st, it’s gonna be a joyous 13 days.
Happy Holidays. Including those of you who think I’m going to hell. Peace.