I’m getting a bit weary of the PC (Politically correct) movement in our society… the fear of offending “ANY” overshadowing the common sense of us all. Especially when it comes to Christmas. Yes I understand all people do not celebrate Christmas as all people are not Christian, but I do believe all people do wish to participate and support in activities which promote a “spirit” of good will, “basic peace on earth” and “charity”.
But… I’m exhausted with all the resistance to my old stodgy traditional ways… so as a productive member of society and a conservative values minded blogger, father and media executive… I’ve decided this year to cave-in to the pressures of our culture and pull back from wishing people, friends and brightly decorated evergreen’s a “Merry Christmas or Christmas Tree” as I have been accustomed to for forty-two years… NO this year I’m going PC.
So let me be the first to wish you a “Happy Holiday” instead of a “Merry Christmas“. I understand the need to separate the church and state, the pressure to not exert an unfair influence on the delicate and unformed minds of our youth. I respect the need for others to express their contempt and resentment at any who would claim to have a faith in a creator… or the audacity to actually name a single individual as the only “Son of God”.
I step back just a bit from the presumptive nature of my own beliefs in the concern of offending others with my narrow-minded and bigoted ideas. Including the ideals of self-sacrifice, unconditional love and humility as being desirable attributes of Christians and “Christmas” as seen in the nature of the birth and life of our Christ. A celebrated and single-minded commemoration of our saviors arrival in Bethlehem previously referred to as “Christmas”. Bah… Humbug!
Instead I have decided to use the more acceptable and PC form of seasonal celebration, the ever popular and non-offensive “Happy Holiday“.
I mean, if we want to be exact in our discussion about it… “Holy Day” it seems was the actual origin of this term and it does in fact specifically refer to the formation of a “Holy day” to celebrate the religious faith of the Hebrews and Christians before the 8th century. In fact, the more I’ve considered it…I think Holy Day is indeed an acceptable replacement for the commonly used term of Christmas. It brings out the deeper truth and significance of this annual special event right to the forefront. Yes… it really does.
To say that Dec 25th is more than a time to share gifts and endure our in-laws … well that’s kind of refreshing. To imply that this seasonal time of happiness is in fact meaningful, a sacred moment of personal contemplation and spiritual reverence…that may actually do a better job of conveying the initial meaning behind the observance of “Christ” – “Mass”. So if that’s the desire of our cultural elite… to strip our Decembers of the antiquated term “Christmas” and replace it with something different and tolerant like “Holi-day” then…O.K. Let’s agree to use that term as we reference one of the Holiest Days of each Christian calendar year.
“Happy Holiday” it is… 🙂
In all seriousness… Here’s to wishing you and yours a very merry and contemplative season of Happy “Holy-Day’s” this year and all throughout the next !
oh… and for reference I’ve included the following source material from Dictionary.com
1.a day fixed by law or custom on which ordinary business is suspended in commemoration of some event or in honor of some person.2.any day of exemption from work ( distinguished from working day).3.a religious feast day; holy day, especially any of several usually commemorative holy days observed in Judaism.