The mythical War on Christmas has started early this year. I usually wait until I’ve seen three people complain that they can’t say “Merry Christmas” anymore before I post the attached meme. I’ve probably missed a few, but I saw the third occurrence happened as I was scrolling breakfast this morning. It’s the 26th of October.
Can we be honest about something for a moment? No one is taking away anyone’s right to say, “Merry Christmas”. People who want to celebrate Christmas are free to put up a gazillion lights and decorations, go to church every day in December, sing songs, play every version of “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” they can find, wrap presents, scream it from the rooftop.
No. One. Cares.
Really. This is made up culture war BS.
Know why “Happy holidays!” is a thing, and “Season’s greetings!” before it? Because it’s more inclusive. It’s not “woke”, it’s not “politically correct”, it’s not “leftist propaganda”, and it’s not for fear of offending anyone. There are a couple of dozen major celebrations clustered around the winter solstice every year, and only one of them is Christmas. I personally know people who celebrate Yule, Chanukah, Kwanza, and nothing at all. So does everyone who wants to stop and think about it. It’s been a long time since the only holiday in December was Christmas in most population centres in North America. Does that affect how any of us celebrate our particular holiday? No. Why should it? But it absolutely should remind us of the fact that none of us are the centre of the universe. There are other people out there with different traditions and beliefs and, horror of horrors, different thoughts than our own. And “out there” means someone we see when we go to work or the store or the <insert favourite leisure location here>. Multiple someones, probably.
Again, no one is telling anyone they can’t say Merry Christmas. It’s hard to emphasize that enough, and the folks who need to understand it the most seem unlikely to listen.
There is some chance that I’m going to be sarcastic about this going forward, either passive aggressively posting this same meme or not so passively commenting that, “All holidays matter!” That will probably cost me a friend or two on social media, or at least result in a few unfollows on both sides. I’m okay with that. I’d rather spend my energy getting mad at important things.
Be well, everyone. And Happy Holidays.by