Thursday, December 01, 2011

It's Okay For Your Holidays to Just be Happy

**Warning** if you are here to follow my weekly pregnancy postings, this is NOT one of those.  This is going to be a non-PC posting about a personal pet peeve that is completely my opinion.  Take it or leave it.

First, a story:  We were at a restaurant a few years ago in December and the table next to us was getting ready to leave.  The waitress told them "Happy Holidays" and the guy was livid about it.  Apparently he thought that she should have said "Merry Christmas" and made no bones about informing her of this.  He was very rude and you could just see that poor waitress shrink into herself.  I felt so bad for her.  It made me think....if Jesus were at that restaurant, would he REALLY get onto someone like that for not saying Merry Christmas?  *I* don't think so. 

So here's the thing about the month of December: it doesn't belong to one particular religion.  Christmas is not the only holiday celebrated during this time of year.  I just don't understand why someone would get upset about being told "Happy Holidays."  There is nothing inherently rude about saying the words "Happy" and "Holidays" put together. If I don't know you, why would I assume that you celebrate Christmas, and not Hanukkah, Kwanzaa....or NO holiday at all?  What gets me is the implication that a complete stranger is being rude by being general in their well-wishes instead offering a specific greeting, when they don't even know you.  And besides that, I've always taken "Happy Holidays" to include New Year's Eve and New Year's Day, in which case that greeting is plural and grammatically correct.  Facebook only exacerbates this problem because those individuals that are upset about this (instead of being upset about IMPORTANT things, like world hunger, AIDS, or a number of real problems) now have an outlet to be very vocal about their misplaced outrage.  And I'm even seeing postings now about this belief that it's not okay to say the word "Christmas" anymore - this general belief that schoolchildren are getting in trouble for saying that word, or that adults are looked down upon by their peers for using the word.  I want to hear about a single instance that this ACTUALLY happened, not a cartoon approximating what someone thinks is happening.  It kinda reminds me of those chain posts and emails you see every once in awhile about how it's all the sudden not okay to say the Pledge of Allegiance anymore - WHO is saying it's not okay?  WHO??  But I digress.

In conclusion:  Don't act like your religion is the only one that exists.  If someone DARES to say "Happy Holidays" to you, just be glad that they are wishing you well and leave it at that. 

Just relax, people.